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Arsenal close in on completing double transfer

Arsenal are close to completing the double transfer of Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares and Anderlecht youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The north London side have agreed a deal with Benfica for Tavares as the club seek cover for Kieran Tierney at left-back, with the 21-year-old close to completing a move to the Emirates that will cost €8m (£6.9m).

 

Arsenal are also nearing an agreement for Anderlecht’s Lokonga, Mikel Arteta have identified the Belgium U21 international as a player who can bolster his side’s midfield options.

Lokonga will cost in the region of €17.5m (£15m), with the two clubs currently finalising what percentage of any future sale will be owed to Anderlecht for a player who earned his first call-up to the senior Belgium squad in March.

According to the Guardian, Arsenal discussed the possibility of Matteo Guendouzi heading to Benfica as part of the deal for Tavares – who can also play at right-back – though the midfielder would prefer a move to Marseille who have expressed an interest in his signing.

The arrival of the duo is set to start a busy summer of incomings and outgoings at the Emirates as Arteta looks to overhaul his squad, with senior names including Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah and Granit Xhaka amongst those expected to leave if suitable offers arrive.

Arsenal are understood to have tabled an opening offer for Italy international Manuel Locatelli, though Juventus remain favourites to sign the midfielder following his impressive performances at Euro 2020.

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