Albert Sambi Lokonga is no stranger to being linked with Premier League clubs.
The Anderlecht midfielder is on Arsenal’s radar as Mikel Arteta and Edu look to use the summer transfer window to complete a major overhaul of a first-team squad that finished eighth in the Premier League last season.
Last week it was confirmed that the Gunners had seen a £12.9m bid for Lokonga rejected, but football.london understands that there is cause for optimism that a deal can be reached.
With reports in Belgium claiming that Lokonga wants to join Arsenal and that personal terms have already been agreed, Edu is closing in on the club’s first signing of the summer.
Although, all that remains is for a fee to be agreed with Anderlecht.
If the north London outfit are able to do that, then they will succeed with Lokonga where Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United failed.
According to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, as per Sport Witness, Lokonga had the opportunity to join the aforementioned duo’s academy earlier in his career.
However, he turned down approaches from Liverpool and Man United for a brilliant reason.
“A diploma was a priority,” Lokonga revealed.
With that said, Lokonga’s previous admission about his dream clubs may alert Arsenal fans.
“FC Barcelona or Manchester City: I dream of clubs like that,” he added.
The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.
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It’s not uncommon for players to represent teams they don’t support.
And it’s not likely to be a factor that could see Arsenal regret their decision to sign the midfielder.
But should Lokonga eventually end up at the Emirates Stadium, it’s almost certain that Man City supporters will make sure they remind their Premier League rivals of these particular comments.