According to The Atletic’s David Ornstein, Arsenal have reopened contract talks with highly-rated striker Folarin Balogun.
Having reached an impasse in negotiations earlier in the year, the Gunners appeared to shut down the 19-year-old’s pathway into the senior squad and he looked nailed on to leave the club. Brentford are said to have made an approach that was rebuffed.
Since the summer, Mikel Arteta appears to have doubled-down on our determination to keep the attacker and he was finally given a first team debut in October as a substitute in the win over Dundalk.
After that game, Arteta said: “He’s a player that I really like. Obviously I’ve got this situation and I believe it’s later than what I would like because I wasn’t here when everything started to develop but yes, he’s a player that I would like to give chances to.
“That’s why he was in the squad today and I showed him that yes, we count on him and we believe in him and if he wants, he’s going to have a future in the club.”
Arsenal will need to move quickly to persuade Balogun, who has represented both England and USA at under-18 level, to stay. Out of contract next June, he’ll be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January.
In the meantime, the youngster will be hoping for more senior experience in our upcoming Europa League group stage games. A loan move could follow.