Arsenal confirm £15m signing of Anderlecht midfielder Lokonga


rsenal have completed the signing of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The Gunners have paid an initial fee of around £15million plus add-ons for the 21-year-old.

Arsenal want to bolster their midfield this summer and Lokonga is viewed as a player who can challenge for a place in the first team next season and someone with a bright future.

Lokonga, who has already captained Anderlecht, has signed a long-term contract at Emirates Stadium and will wear the no23 shirt.

He is set to join up with the Arsenal squad after completing the necessary isolation period for international arrivals into the UK.

“Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development,” said Gunners manager Mikel Arteta.

“He has been coached well by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht. I know Vincent very well and he talks so highly about Albert and the positive impact he had to Anderlecht in recent seasons.

“We’re confident Albert’s ready for the next stage in his development and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new member to our squad with his quality and presence.”

Lokonga is Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Portugal Under-21 international defender Nuno Tavares from Benfica in an £8.5m deal earlier this month.

“We are delighted Albert has signed with us, as there was a lot of interest in him and he was a big target for us,” said Arsenal’s technical director Edu.

“Albert is a player we’ve been tracking for some time, and he will bring us strength in depth in the centre of midfield. We look forward to his continued development with us.”

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