Arsenal see £13.5m bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga REJECTED by Anderlecht – Asia Despatch

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Arsenal see £13.5m bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga REJECTED by Anderlecht with Belgian side holding out for £5m more… while the Gunners hold more positive talks with Brighton’s £50m-rated star defender Ben White

  • Arsenal have had a £13.5m bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga rejected by Anderlecht
  • Belgian side want closer to £18m for the 21-year-old midfielder as talks continue
  • The Gunners still want a No 10 after missing out on Odegaard and Buendia
  • They have also held positive talks over their move for Brighton’s Ben White
  • The England international centre back is understood to be keen on the move 

Arsenal have had a bid of around £13.5million rejected by Anderlecht for midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The Belgian side want closer to £18m for the 21-year-old so there is optimism a deal can be reached as negotiations progress.

Lokonga is wanted to compete alongside Thomas Partey but they also want a No 10 playmaker after missing out on Martin Odegaard and Emi Buendia.

Arsenal have had a £13.5million bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga rejected by Anderlecht

Arsenal have had a £13.5million bid for Albert Sambi Lokonga rejected by Anderlecht 

Anderlecht want around £18m for Lokonga (left), who would compete alongside Partey

Anderlecht want around £18m for Lokonga (left), who would compete alongside Partey

Lokonga earned his first call up to Belgium’s senior squad this year and is on Roberto Martinez’s standby list for the Euros. 

Nabil Fekir remains an option but Arsenal have yet to bid for the Real Betis midfielder.

Arsenal are also targeting a number of positions as they overhaul their squad. 

Arsenal wanted to sign Martin Odegaard permanently from Real Madrid

They were also targeting a move for Emi Buendia but were beaten to his signature by Aston Villa

The Gunners still want a No 10 after missing out on Martin Odegaard (left) and Buendia (right)

The north London club have held positive talks over their move for Brighton’s Ben White.

As revealed by Sportsmail, Brighton have placed a £50m price tag on their academy prospect White which they hope will deter his admirers who also include Manchester United and Liverpool. 

With his new status as an England international following his elevation to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad ahead of the Euros plus a year of Premier League football under his belt, White would also now command a significant wage increase. 

Arsenal have also held positive talks over their move for Brighton defender Ben White (right)

Arsenal have also held positive talks over their move for Brighton defender Ben White (right)

He signed a new four-year Brighton deal worth around £35,000 per week last summer and Arsenal are assessing whether they can make a deal for White fit in with their budget. 

The England international centre back is understood to be keen on the move and Brighton will sell if their valuation of around £50m is met.

Coach Mikel Arteta also needs cover for Kieran Tierney at left back, a right back with Hector Bellerin expected to leave, a back up goalkeeper and possibly another striker as Alexandre Lacazette has one year remaining on contract.

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