Arsenal have completed the signing of Belgian international, Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht for a fee reported to be in the region of €17.5 million.
The deal, which ties him to Arsenal until 2025 with an option to extend by a year is reportedly expected to grow by €4.5 million in add ons
The 21-year old spent 10 years at Anderlecht, making 78 appearances for the Belgian top side managed by former Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany.
Lokonga, who is highly rated by Arsenal boss, Mike Arteta and Technical Director, Edu can play both as a defensive midfielder and a box-to-box midfielder, with the Belgian youngster stating that people have told him he plays better in the former position.
The announcement of the deal was seemingly delayed to allow Lokonga complete his mandatory quarantine period and the midfielder will be travelling with his new teammates on Wednesday as they continue their pre-season.
It is also rumored that his arrival is meant to serve as a replacement for Granit Xhaka who is believed to be closer to a deal to join Jose Mourinho at AS Roma than staying in North London.
Lokonga will don the number 23 jersey formerly won by Danny Welbeck.