Arsenal have failed with bid of more than €15m (£12.9m) to sign Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, according to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur.
The Gunners have been credited with an interest in signing the 21-year-old defensive midfielder this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to add to his squad ahead of his second full season in charge.
Lokonga was in good form for Anderlecht last season as he scored three goals and made two assists in 33 league appearances for the Belgian side.
According to respected journalist Terreur, Arsenal’s initial bid of upwards of £12.9m for the Belgium Under-21 international has been rejected by Anderlecht in recent days.
He claims that Anderlecht are holding out for a transfer fee of around €20m (£17.2m) before thinking about selling the midfielder.