Inter Milan are ready to make a move for Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun next week after losing out on Romelu Lukaku.
The Italian club see Folarin Balogun as an alternative to Romelu Lukaku after failing to agree a deal with Chelsea over a permanent deal for the Belgian striker. Inter will now turn their attention to the USA international who is at the top of their list, according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio.
Inter Milan are expected to make a move for the player next week, with Arsenal open to selling the striker but only if their £50million valuation of the player is met. Folarin Balogun has confirmed that he wants to be a starting striker wherever he decides to play his football 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 US international will be sold this summer, with his transfer value at an all-time high. Many clubs around Europe are interested in signing Folarin Balogun, who has two-year remaining on his current deal in North London.
Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Napoli, AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Marseille, and AS Monaco have also recently been linked with a move for the young striker. The more interest the better for Arsenal as they look to drive a big fee after the outstanding season Balogun had in France last year.
Arsenal are reportedly set to value the 21-year-old striker at £50million 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.
Mikel Arteta is yet to make a decision on Balogun’s future who is on the plane, along with the rest of the Arsenal squad, to the United States where they will continue their preparation ahead of the 2023/24 campaign. Mikel Arteta will continue to look at the 21-year-old closely during pre-season and only then make a decision on his future. However it’s looking likely the player will leave North London this summer.