Who is Albert Lokonga? Everything you need to know about Arsenal’s £18m transfer target

The Anderlecht midfielder is set to join Mikel Arteta’s ranks over the summer – here’s your guide to the Belgian

Arsenal are poised to sign midfielder Albert Lokonga from Anderlecht, having recently agreed a deal with Benfica for left-back Nuno Tavares.

The 21-year-old Belgian is set to undergo a medical before completing his move to Emirates Stadium, after Arsenal agreed a deal in principle worth up to £18 million ($25m).

Goal brings you everything you need to know about Arsenal’s soon-to-be new signing.

Who is Albert Lokonga?

Lokonga was born in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, on October 22, 1999.

He joined the Anderlecht youth system in 2014, before signing his first professional contract with the club in November 2017, making his senior debut on December 22 that year in a 1-0 league win over Eupen.

He became a first-team regular in the 2019-20 season, making 26 appearances in all competitions for Anderlecht before the Belgian First League season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2020-21, Lokonga made a career-high 37 senior appearances and scored three goals, including his first senior strike, which came in a 1-1 draw against Eupen – again – on September 27.

Anderlecht finished fourth in the table to qualify for next season’s Europa Conference League – meaning they play continental football next season, something Arsenal will not.