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Arsenal Keen To Keep Balogun Amid Southampton, Brighton Interest

Arsenal Keen To Keep Balogun Amid Southampton, Brighton Interest

Arsenal are making a new attempt to open contract talks with teenage star Folarin Balogun.

Balogun, 19, current deal expires in June.

The young striker has been linked with a move to Sheeffield United and Southampton.

There was expectation that the forward would be sold this summer, however the north London outfit have opened discussions once more with Balogun’s representatives to try and find a solution.

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The teenager made his first-team debut as a substitute in the 3-0 win at home to Dundalk in the Europa League last month, and boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly determined to keep hold of him.

Balogun is a free agent in the summer so can speak to foreign teams from January, but the report adds it is possible that he could yet stay at Emirates Stadium despite the competition for places in attacking areas at the club currently.

Arsenal also rejected a £5m plus add-ons bid from Championship side Brentford in January for Balogun, who has represented England and the USA at youth level.

The New York-born striker has also attracted interest from Southampton, Brighton and AC Milan in the past year.

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  • Edoman 8 months ago

    Keep eye on this young man. America is watching him as well. The Baloguns are associated with high profile footballing success rates in Nigeria. That name ‘open doors’ when it comes to soccer in Nigeria. It all started by the legend called ” Thunder Tesimi Balogun” of Lagos Pan Bank who was idolized in the 1940s and in the early 1950s, and throughout Africa too. It must be noted that these players did not wear soccer boots when playing in those days. They bandaged their foots as a substitute. The Nigeria 1st eleven toured England barefooted immediately after the end of the 2nd World War where they beat Liverpool and made a lasting impressions that English folks loves to tell us/me about until after our Independence in 1960.