Folarin Balogun, Arsenal’s striker with a mere two Premier League games to his name
Arsenal’s up-and-coming striker, Folarin Balogun, is close to sealing a £35 million deal with Monaco. And Chelsea and Inter Milan? They’re left watching from the sidelines.
Ongoing talks make it seem likely that the 22-year-old will take his talents back to France. After all, who wouldn’t after a goal-riddled loan stint with Reims just last season?
Chelsea and Inter Milan, not wanting to be left out of the party, did express their interest in the U.S. international. But Monaco appears to have caught Balogun’s eye.
And in another Arsenal update, defender Kieran Tierney’s bags are virtually packed for a season-long loan with Real Sociedad.
The 26-year-old Scot, with a hefty 120+ appearances in Arsenal’s colors since departing from Celtic in 2019, has been mostly warming the bench with only six Premier League starts last season. Time for a new adventure, perhaps?
Balogun certainly had his own adventure in France’s Ligue 1, netting 22 times for Reims.
Arsenal’s management is evidently willing to part with the forward, possibly while humming “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” It’s rumored he doesn’t quite fit into the puzzle that manager Mikel Arteta is putting together.
Excluded from Premier League squads this season, even with Gabriel Jesus down and out, Balogun must be feeling a tad left out.
Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah is doing the happy dance as he started the first two matches for the Gunners. Their wins against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace must have felt like opening presents on Christmas morning.
According to sources at Sport Newes Center, playing time seems to be the key ingredient in Balogun’s decision-making stew.
Born in the Big Apple and London-raised, Balogun’s soccer education happened at Arsenal’s academy. His journey continued with the English youth teams up to under-21s, collecting 13 caps. Eventually, though, he tipped his hat to the United States for full international play.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword Arsenal
What is the potential transfer value of Folarin Balogun to Monaco?
The potential transfer value of Folarin Balogun to Monaco is £35 million.
Is Kieran Tierney leaving Arsenal, and where is he going?
Kieran Tierney is expected to join Real Sociedad on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
Did any other clubs express interest in Folarin Balogun?
Yes, Chelsea and Inter Milan also enquired about signing Folarin Balogun.
How many goals did Balogun score last season while on loan?
Balogun starred in France’s Ligue 1 last season, scoring 22 goals for Reims.
Why is Balogun considering leaving Arsenal?
Playing time seems to be a key factor in Balogun’s decision-making, and he is not thought to be part of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans.
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