Claim of the Italian outlet TMW AC Milan are in talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga on a permanent basis after a disappointing first season at The Emirates – despite costing the Gunners a decent £18million.
Lokonga, 22, was bought by the Gunners for almost £20million from Belgian club Anderlecht last summer. It comes after 78 appearances for Anderlecht despite his young age – but it’s a move that didn’t work.
In fact, the former Belgium international only made 24 appearances for Arsenal last season. The Gunners are still likely to seek a move for a holding midfielder. Lokonga was substituted very late on Friday against Crystal Palace.
Now TMW say Milan are in talks to sign Lokonga, not just on loan – but on a permanent basis. The Belgian contingent in Milan grows after the addition of Charles De Ketelaere. The report also says Arsenal are ready to sell him.
Milan are in talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Lokonga
Ultimately, it’s a move that didn’t work out for Lokonga. There’s a player in there. But if he failed to break into a midfield that included a perpetually injured Thomas Partey and an inconsistent Granit Xhaka, then there are doubts.
He’s a player with potential but he needs to join a team where he plays football regularly. A site that suits his style more. Maybe the slower style of Serie A football suits him. He has a contract with Arsenal until 2026.
What fee could Arsenal bring in? He cost £18million. While struggling, he has added 25 games in all competitions to his resume in an Arsenal shirt. So if Milan paid a fee similar to Arsenal’s, maybe he will fly to Italy.
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