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

The Anderlecht midfielder will join Mikel Arteta during the summer – here is your guide for the Belgian

Arsenal ready to sign midfielder Albert Lokonga van Anderlecht, who recently signed a deal with Benfica for left-winger Nuno Tavares.

The 21-year-old Belgian will undergo a medical examination before moving to Emirates Stadium, after Arsenal agreed a deal of up to £ 18 million ($ 25 million).

Purpose offers you everything you need to know about Arsenal’s soon new signing.

Who’s Albert Lokonga?

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

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

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

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

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