Folarin Balogun has confirmed that he wants to be a starting striker when he returns from his loan spell in France next season after a very successful season under William Still at Stade De Reims.
Folarin Balogun ended his loan spell with 21 goals and 3 assists in 37 appearances in Ligue One which had meant many clubs around Europe are now keeping a close eye on the Arsenal loanee ahead of the summer. The 21-year-old missed out on the golden boot to Kylian Mbappe, however he still managed to outscore Lionel Messi and Neymar this season.
After his outstanding displays throughout 2022/23, Mikel Arteta now faces a transfer dilemma ahead of next season. Folarin Balogun wants to continue playing as the main striker, however with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah currently fighting for the number nine at the Emirates, it’s difficult to see where Balogun fits in at Arsenal.
It’s looking likely the newly-announced US international will be sold this summer, with his transfer value at an all-time high. Many big clubs around Europe are interested in signing Folarin Balogun, who has two-year remaining on his current deal in North London.
AC Milan, Inter Milan, RB Leipzig, Marseille, Monaco and more teams are all monitoring Folarin Balogun’s situation at Arsenal. The more clubs interested, the better for the Gunners as it could spark a bidding war which will only drive up the players’ fee.
Arsenal are reportedly set to value the 21-year-old striker at £40million this summer, which will provide a decent amount of money for the Gunners who are expected to have one of the busiest transfer windows in the clubs history.
David Ornstein recently broke the news regarding Folarin Balogun’s future: “Florian Balogun wants to be a first-choice striker at Arsenal next season. This is unlikely to happen so he could be sold, amid huge interest following an extremely successful loan spell at Reims.”
Mikel Arteta is yet to make a decision on Balogun’s future yet and will sit down with the player once he returns from his loan spell ahead of next season. However it’s looking likely the player will leave North London come the summer transfer window.
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