Arsenal hope to seal £18m move for Lokonga before trip to Florida

Arsenal hope to seal £18m move for Albert Sambi Lokonga before jetting out to Florida for US camp as Mikel Arteta’s side step up pre-season preparations after Scotland trip

  • Arsenal hope to complete move for Albert Sambi Lokonga before Wednesday 
  • The Gunners fly out to Florida for their pre-season camp in the United States 
  • Mikel Arteta’s side are closing in on an £18m deal to sign the Anderlecht star
  • Arsenal ended their Scotland camp with a 2-2 draw with Rangers on Saturday 

Arsenal hope to complete the £18m signing of Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga in time to fly out with the team to Florida on Wednesday.

Arsenal ended a two-match camp in Scotland with a 2-2 draw at Rangers on Saturday as £8m left-back Nuno Tavares, signed from Benfica, marked his debut with a goal.

Manager Mikel Arteta did not comment on the impending arrival of £50m Brighton defender Ben White, who will complete his switch after his post-Euros holiday, when Arsenal return from America.

Arsenal hope to complete the £18m signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga before Wednesday

But Arteta said: ‘We’re going to have some new faces arriving probably, so it is very positive.’

Eddie Nketiah scored an 83rd-minute equaliser after Leon Balogun and Cedric Itten twice gave Steven Gerrard’s side the lead.

The Gunners have also been linked with a move for long-term target Houssem Aouar but are expected to be challenged by Spurs, Liverpool and Man United for the wantaway Lyon star, reportedly valued at £21m. 

Mikel Arteta’s side jet off to Florida this week and want their new arrival with them in time

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