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Report: Arsenal edge closer to Lokonga deal; could impact Sander Berge move

Arsenal are close to completing a move for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Lokonga, in a deal which could have implications for Sander Berge.

Berge is thought to be on the Gunners’ radar. He’s admired by Mikel Arteta and with Arsenal needing central midfielders, he ticks a number of boxes.

United are thought to be asking for around £35m for Berge. That has been the stance since the season finished and little has changed.

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Reports in Italy seem to suggest otherwise, mind. There are claims from those working in Serie A that Berge could be available for as little as £15m. This is something we just don’t see happening, however.

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But reports from Football.London today suggest that Arsenal are now close to a deal for Albert Sambi Lokonga. The midfielder is edging towards a £15m switch to North London.

That, of course, could impact United and Berge.

How Arsenal move for Lokonga could help United with Berge

There’s no guarantee that Arsenal won’t make a move for Berge as well in the future. But the fact they’ve secured a player who plays in the Norwegian’s exact position suggests United could be in a good position.

Lokonga is an all-action midfielder and will be one for the here and now, as well as the future for the Gunners. The 21-year-old is highly-rated, and is expected to cost Arsenal around £15m.

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It’s also claimed a deal for Ben White is close. That is said to be around the £55m mark. It is, then, hard to see The Gunners forking out another £35m on Berge right now. Albeit, they are expected to spend more as the summer progresses.

Ultimately, United hold a lot of the aces with Berge as things stand. Whether we see Arsenal’s interest come again soon, remains to be seen.

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