Albert Sambi Lokonga has joined Arsenal from Anderlecht on a long-term contract. Lokonga has joined the Gunners for an initial fee in the region of £15million, which could rise to £18m, with the midfielder penning a five-year deal. The 21-year-old midfielder came through the Belgian club’s youth system after joining in 2014 as a 15-year-old and signing his first professional contract in November 2017.
He made his first-team debut for Anderlecht in December 2017 and has been a regular in their side over the past two seasons, making a total of 78 appearances. A Belgium Under-21 international, Albert was called up at senior level in March 2021 when he was an unused substitute against Greece.
The midfielder will join up with his new team-mates in the coming days after he has completed the current isolation regulations for international arrivals into the UK. Albert will wear the No 23 shirt and have the name Sambi on the back. Sambi Lokonga was born in Belgium and is of Congolese descent, and his brother Paul-José M’Poku is also a professional footballer. He grew up in Verviers. Having previously played for Belgium at Belgium U17, Belgium U19 and Belgium U21 levels,He was called up to the senior Belgium squad in March 2021.
He’s gone on to make a further 68 appearances for the Belgian giants, finding the net three times. That included a career-high 37 senior appearances in 2020/21, a campaign where he notched all of his goals to date. Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, who managed Lokonga at club level, gave a glowing endorsement.