The reason is not sporty but… climatic. The Vervietois could not see himself parading on news sites and on social networks when his region had just been devastated by terrible floods. Marked by the tragedy (even if the family home was spared), he preferred to postpone for a few days.
This did not change the deal negotiated with Anderlecht for a while now. Arsenal spent € 17 million with various bonuses and a resale percentage to recruit the RSCA captain. Sambi Lokonga becomes the fourth biggest transfer in club history, after Doku, Tielemans and Mitrovic.