Arsenal have full the signing of Belgian wonderkid Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.
The 21-year-old efficiently accomplished his medical earlier than the deal was made official on Monday afternoon.
Lokonga has joined the Gunners for an preliminary price within the area of £15million, which may rise to £18m, with the midfielder penning a five-year deal.
“Albert is a really clever participant who has proven nice maturity in his performances throughout his improvement,” supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned.
“He has been coached properly by Vincent Kompany and his workforce at Anderlecht. I do know Vincent very properly and he talks so extremely about Albert and the constructive impression he needed to Anderlecht in current seasons.”
Lokonga will put on no.23 for the upcoming season and whereas he will not be too properly know by followers over right here, his brother, Paul-Jose M’Poku, could be recognisable to Tottenham followers having joined the north London membership from Normal Liege again in 2008, on the age of simply 16.
Nonetheless, he by no means made a first-team look for Spurs, and left the membership three years later following a mortgage spell at Leyton Orient.
Which different golf equipment had been linked with signing Lokonga?
The one agency curiosity in Lokonga’s signature got here from Arsenal, who wasted no time in securing a deal.
Apparently, Lokonga’s agent used to work on the identical legislation agency as Arsenal govt director Tim Lewis.
Membership profession thus far?
Lokonga joined Anderlecht’s youth academy on the age of 10, happening to signal his first skilled contract on the membership in November 2017 earlier than making his debut only one month later.
He’s gone on to make an extra 68 appearances for the Belgian giants, discovering the web 3 times.
That included a career-high 37 senior appearances in 2020/21, a marketing campaign the place he notched all of his objectives so far.
Lokonga is but to obtain senior recognition for his nation, having represented Belgium at Underneath-17, Underneath-19 and Underneath-21 ranges.
He was known as as much as Roberto Martinez’s squad in March, however didn’t function for the Purple Devils.
What has been mentioned about him?
None aside from Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, who manages Lokonga at membership degree, gave a glowing endorsement.
“Together with his qualities at his age, he stands out for me,” Kompany mentioned.
“Will Sambi win his duels? Is he bettering his defensive work? You ask your self these questions as a coach.
“Properly, I’ve seen him make a whole lot of progress in that space.”
He additionally mentioned again in February that Lokonga had a real probability of constructing Belgium’s squad for Euro 2020.
“Who is aware of, Sambi could even make the nationwide choice for the European Championship.
“It will give him an opportunity to safe a prime switch in the long run – hopefully not too early.”
How will he match into Arsenal’s workforce?
In Mikel Arteta’s prefered 4-2-3-1 formation, Lokonga would almost certainly play within the two.
His main place is as a central midfielder on the appropriate facet of a 4-3-3, however he’s additionally able to being essentially the most defensive participant of the center three.