Albert Sambi Lokonga, a defensive midfielder for Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht, is a potential target for Manchester City. This is according to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, as reported by Sport Witness.
Lokonga (20) made his debut for the Jupiler Pro League side in December 2017. In an interview last month, the player named two sides that particularly appealed to him: “FC Barcelona or Manchester City: I dream of clubs like that.” City fans will especially welcome the player’s confession that he has already rejected earlier approaches from Manchester United and Liverpool.
This season, Lokonga has made a total of ten appearances. This likely owes a lot to Kompany’s arrival in Brussels as player-manager, and his emphasis upon developing youth players from the club’s academy.
Sport Witness add that Het Nieuwsblad also report that Lokonga’s deal is due to expire at the end of the season. However, there is a dispute between the player’s representatives and Anderlecht over whether the club has a valid right to prolong the contract for a further year.
Anderlecht, who currently sit tenth in the league, are hoping to finalise the departure of Adrien Trebel to Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab, in order to furnish the funds to extend Lokonga’s future in Brussels. Manchester City and Barcelona will be keeping an eye on the future of the young Belgian star.
Should City opt to move for Lokonga, a few words in the youngster’s ear from club legend Kompany would not go amiss. If the midfielder could come anywhere close to replicating the colossal influence Kompany had in Manchester, he would prove to be an excellent addition to City’s squad.
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