This move comes after Brighton’s need to replace the £115m sales of key players, including Moises Caicedo.
- Brighton shifts focus to Arsenal’s Lokonga after £26m deal for Lille’s Baleba stalls.
- The Seagulls have been active in the transfer window, bolstering their squad ahead of their first appearance in Europe.
- Arsenal may see the potential transfer of Lokonga as an opportunity to align with Arteta’s plans, offering the young midfielder a chance to play more often.
Brighton’s search for a midfielder
However, negotiations have seemingly stalled, leading Brighton to reconsider their options.
The 23-year-old Belgian midfielder, who joined Arsenal in 2021 for £15m, spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, making just nine league appearances.
Lokonga is reportedly not in the plans of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, making a move to the Amex a possibility.
According to talkSPORT, Brighton’s interest in Lokonga is genuine, and the club may seek to bring the player initially on loan.
Brighton’s busy transfer window
The Seagulls have been active in strengthening their squad ahead of their first-ever appearance in Europe this season.
This transfer activity comes on the back of an impressive start to the Premier League season, with Brighton following up an opening day win against Luton with a 4-1 victory at Wolves on Saturday.
Arsenal’s perspective on Lokonga
As the player has not featured under the manager since his first season, a loan or permanent move could offer Lokonga the opportunity for more regular first-team football.
Though seen as a promising talent, Lokonga’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain. A move to a club where he may play more often could be beneficial for all parties involved.
Brighton’s sudden shift in focus from Carlos Baleba to Albert Sambi Lokonga highlights the unpredictable nature of the transfer market. While deals can appear to be near completion, unforeseen obstacles can lead to abrupt changes in direction.
Brighton’s interest in Lokonga underscores their intent to continue bolstering their midfield options, while Arsenal may see this as an opportunity to offer Lokonga the chance to develop further. With the transfer window in full swing, both clubs will be keen to finalise their squads as they look to build on promising starts to their respective campaigns.
Brighton will be back in action on Saturday when they host West Ham at the Amex, with fans eager to see how the team continues to perform and whether any new faces will be added to De Zerbi’s exciting project on the south coast.
Meanwhile, Arsenal supporters will be watching closely to see how the situation with Lokonga unfolds, as the young midfielder’s future hangs in the balance.