Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Lokonga DONE DEAL, Ben White £50m exclusive, Aouar tussle with PSG

ARSENAL have confirmed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderletcht.

Meanwhile the Gunners are also closing in on the £50m transfer of Brighton's Ben White, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

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  • Joe Brophy

    SET IN STONE

    Arsenal are reportedly interested in West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

    Sky Sports News claims the former Manchester United youngster, 28, has emerged as a possible target for Mikel Arteta.

    The Spaniard is thought to be in the market for a new stopper as doubts grow over Bernd Leno’s Emirates future.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHITE HOT

    Ben White should set his sights higher than Arsenal, Danny Mills reckons.

    He told talkSPORT: "The only thing I am surprised at is Ben White has gone to Arsenal.

    "Let’s assume that he will be at Arsenal for two or three years at least before he goes somewhere else. I just think he is better than that.

    “What is he going to win at Arsenal? League Cup, if he is lucky. Maybe the FA Cup.

    “I think he is an exceptional player and I think he is a fantastic signing for Arsenal.

    “I am just a little bit surprised that Manchester United, who are looking for a centre-half, haven’t come in for him.”

  • Joe Brophy

    EDU ON LOKONGA

    Arsenal's technical director described the club's new signing as a key target after the Gunners tracked him for a long time.

    Edu said: “We are delighted Albert has signed with us, as there was a lot of interest in him and he was a big target for us.

    “Albert is a player we’ve been tracking for some time, and he will bring us strength in depth in the centre of midfield. We look forward to his continued development with us.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE ON LOKONGA

    Mikel Arteta has hailed the arrival of Albert Sambi Lokonga at Arsenal.

    He told the club's website: “Albert is a very intelligent player who has shown great maturity in his performances during his development.

    “He has been coached well by Vincent Kompany and his team at Anderlecht. I know Vincent very well and he talks so highly about Albert and the positive impact he had to Anderlecht in recent seasons.

    “We’re confident Albert’s ready for the next stage in his development and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new member to our squad with his quality and presence.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE ART

    A first look at Albert Sambi Lokonga wearing Arsenal's strip for next season.

  • Joe Brophy

    LIK THE LOK

    Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga – hours after Anderlecht accidentally announced it first.

    The 21-year-old Belgian star arrives at the Emirates in a £17million deal.

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA TEASE

    Albert Sambi Lokonga shared quite a cryptic message on social media.

    Lokonga replaced his profile pic on Instagram with an hourglass hinting that it is only a matter of time until he is announced by Arsenal.

    The midfielder looks set to move to the Emirates following an impressive campaign with Anderlecht.

    More below:

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  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA HINT

    Anderlecht dropped a major hint about Albert Sambi Lokonga's future.

    Lokonga looks set to join Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will hope he adds some firepower in midfield.

    Anderlecht shared a post, that they later removed, bidding farewell to the Belgian.

    Check it out:

  • Kostas Lianos

    BARC TO ITALY

    Barcelona ace Miralem Pjanic has been previously linked with a move to Arsenal.

    However, Pjanic looks set for a return to Italy where he will join Inter Milan.

    That is according to Calcio Mercato, who claim the midfielder's agent has stepped up talks with Inter.

    Arsenal, meanwhile, look set to announce the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA ANNOUNCEMENT

    Arsenal are very close to announcing the signing of Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    That is according to Football London, who claim it is just a matter of time until Lokonga officially joins the Gunners.

    The midfielder stood out last season with Anderlecht as he amassed 37 appearances across all competitions.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been desperately looking for someone to team up with Thomas Partey in the middle of the park

  • Kostas Lianos

    ART OF THE DEAL

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remained coy about any future transfers while Albert Sami Lokonga and Ben White are getting close to joining the Gunners.

    Arteta told Sky Sports: "We have got one for now and we are really happy with the one we have.

    "Unfortunately, he could not play today. Maybe he can play on Saturday.

    "We will work with the players we have, try to make them better and try to compete as best we can"

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOKONGA CLOSE

    It seems like Albert Sambi Lokonga is closer than ever to a move to Arsenal.

    A picture has been shared on social media showing Lokonga wearing the Gunners shirt.

    An announcement seems imminent.

  • Kostas Lianos

    WILL-ING AND ABLE

    William Saliba has spoken out after his loan move to Marseille from Arsenal.

    Saliba said: "I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs.

    "I cannot wait to be on the Orange Velodrome pitch.

    "Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt"

  • Kostas Lianos

    XHAKA PRICE TAG

    Arsenal have told Roma that they will not accept any offers below €20million (£17.1 m) for Granit Xhaka.

    That is according to Il Tempo, who claim that the Giallorossi remain very keen on Xhaka after his impressive performances at Euro 2020 with Switzerland.

    The Serie A giants are reportedly close to matching the Gunners' evaluation for the midfielder.

    New manager Jose Mourinho is waiting for the official sales of Robin Olsen and Justin Kluivert to Lille and Nice respectively

  • Kostas Lianos

    ODEGAARD LATEST

    Martin Odegaard looks set to stay at Real Madrid this season.

    That is according to AS, who claim returning Real manager Carlo Ancelotti is willing to give Odegaard a chance.

    The attacking midfielder enjoyed an impressive loan stint at Arsenal last term.

    The Gunners wanted to keep the Norway international but it seems like he could finally get his big break at the Santiago Bernabeu

  • Kostas Lianos

    STILL ON THE LOC OUT

    Arsenal continue to monitor Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli in the summer transfer window.

    That is according to Farizio Romano, who claims that Juventus continue to lead the race and Locatelli prefers to move to Turin.

    Romano tweeted: "Juventus are always leading the race for Locatelli – new meeting soon with Sassuolo, Manuel is still pushing to join Juve.

    "Arsenal’s stance: they’d be prepared to pay Sassuolo price tag [€40m]… but #AFC only want to sign players happy and 100% convinced to join the club"

  • Kostas Lianos

    GREAL BLOW

    Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim the Gunners "admire" Grealish but a move to Manchester City is the only "realistic destination".

    The star forward has been loosely linked with the Gunners following a stunning season with Villa and a series of impressive displays in Euro 2020 with England.

    But City appear to be a likelier destination due to their financial mite and the opportunities they can offer at top level

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEWCASTLE WILL-ING

    Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has admitted he is keen to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock on a permanent transfer after last season's successful loan stint.

    Bruce, though, insists that the ball remains in the Gunners' court.

    The Toon boss said: "As I’ve said, it’s really Arsenal’s decision, and until Arsenal make a decision – a bit like all the big clubs, they have a look over pre-season – we’ll keep monitoring and badgering away.

    "We’d love to do something but it’s still Arsenal’s call”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    WHAT'S DEST

    Barcelona ace Sergino Dest has made a decision regarding his future amid links with Arsenal.

    Dest intends to stay at Barcelona even though Emerson Royal has returned from his loan spell at Real Betis.

    The full-back told RAC 1: "I want to continue at Barca."

    This comes after Barca legend Lionel Messi signed a new deal with his beloved club

  • Kostas Lianos

    TOP GUN

    Former Leeds and Manchester City ace Danny Mills is "surprised" with Ben White joining Arsenal.

    That is because he feels like White is "better than that".

    Mills told talkSPORT: "The only thing I am surprised at is Ben White has gone to Arsenal.

    "Let’s assume that he will be at Arsenal for two or three years at least before he goes somewhere else.

    "I just think he is better than that"

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOK & LOAD

    Albert Sambi Lokonga looks set to pick up an unusual shirt number as he gets closer to a move to Arsenal.

    Anderlecht ace Lokonga appears ready to sign for the Gunners and could wear No48.

    That is according to Belgian outlet Nieuwsblad, which claims the decision is based on the midfielder's postcode.

    The Belgian's hometown of Verviers goes by the code of 4800

  • Kostas Lianos

    WHITE SMOKE

    Arsenal have agreed a £50million deal with Brighton for Ben White.

    Sun Sport can confirm that the Gunners have committed to paying the Seagulls' full asking price.

    Personal terms have also been agreed with the talented defender, who had also attracted interest from Chelsea.

    Now the England international is set to sign a five-year deal with the north Londoners.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    HOU MUCH?

    Arsenal have received a boost in their bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar in the summer transfer window.

    That is because the Ligue 1 club is willing to accept just £17million for Aouar.

    That is according to Get French Football News, which claim that the midfielder has no intention of being part of new manager Peter Bosz's squad.

    But it's believed the French outfit has NOT received any solid offers for the 23-year-old.

    Nevertheless, the Gunners and rivals Tottenham are thought to have inquired

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAD BOOST

    Leicester star James Maddison's recent comments could act as a boost in Arsenal's bid to sign the midfielder, who admitted he prefers to play as a No8 instead of a No10.

    That is great news for Gunners manager Mikel Arteta who prefers to field a 4-3-3 formation.

    Maddison told Leicestershire Live: "No.8 definitely.

    "I played as a No.10 at the start of last season, and then when the gaffer came in, I transitioned into a No.8, and sometimes I play off the left.

    "I don’t want to be labelled as a No.10. I’m not a No.10. I can’t remember a game where I’ve played as a No.10 this season, maybe West Ham at home.

    "Being a No.8 has made me add that defensive side to my game.

    "I’m never going to be a big tackler, I’m never going to go around smashing people. It’s that awareness and that responsibility of getting little toes in, little interceptions, because as a No.8 you find yourself deeper a lot, so I’ve had to add that"

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta expects to see new faces at the club this summer.

    Arteta told the Arsenal website: “Now [it’s time for] a little bit of recovery.

    “We trained really hard, played two games, and now we’re going to be travelling to America in the next week.

    “We didn’t have any injuries which is really positive in the first week.

    “We’re going to have some new faces arriving probably, so very positive.”

    Juventus are leading the race to sign Sassuolo and Italy star Manuel Locatelli.

    The player is pushing a move to Juventus.

    Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder and are willing to pay the price Sassuolo demand.

    But the player prefers to stay in Italy.

    Juventus are still in contention to sign Houssem Aouar, according to Tutto Mercato.

    PSG and Liverpool could also rival Arsenal for the Frenchman’s signature.

    Losing out to a rival would be a crushing blow for Mikel Arteta, who has been keen on the midfielder since last summer.

    Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Brighton and England defender Ben White.

    According to the Times, the Gunners have agreed to pay Brighton £50million for White.

    The 23-year-old completed his first full season in the top flight last season, and made his England debut.

    Tony Cascarino has backed Ben White to succeed at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta.

    He told talkSPORT: “He’s a very versatile defender, who ticks the box of can you play him in different positions, can you play him in a four and in a three? Most certainly so.

    “I watched him at Leeds and Brighton and I think they’re getting a very accomplished player of a certain age.”

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