Tuesday, May 17

Transfer: Arsenal Demands £8m For Nigerian-born Folarin Balogun, Ahead Of Brentford Move

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Frankie Omokhua

Arsenal is targeting to make at least £8million for highly-rated teenager, Folarin Balogun, according to reports.

Reports say the asking price for the 19-year-old looks unreasonable, considering he has never played a first-team game and can leave for free next summer.

Balogun refused to sign new terms with the club in January after failing to get assurances of first-team football but claims he is happy to see out his current deal until 2021.

Mikel Arteta has given chances to several young players since replacing Unai Emery last December, but, Balogun is yet to make the step up with plenty of illustrious names ahead of him in the pecking order.

The New York-born forward believes his future lies elsewhere, with a host of Europe’s leading clubs interested in him.

Premier League champions, Liverpool are said to have been keeping tabs on the youngster, while clubs in Germany have also kept the forward on their radar.

Brentford, who is just one game away from sealing promotion into the Premier League, previously tabled a £5m offer for Balogun but could not agree terms with Arsenal.

Balogun’s exit would see Arsenal lose a player rated as one of the best young attacking talents in England.

The 19-year-old scored 28 goals in 28 youth appearances for Arsenal last season, including 25 in just 19 games at under-18 level.

This term Balogun scored another 10 goals in just 15 appearances for Arsenal’s U-23s before the youth campaign was curtailed in May, bringing his campaign to an end.

Teenager Folarin Balogun could be on his way out of Arsenal this summer for £8million
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