According to German publication Kicker, Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun is a possible target for Bundesliga side Stuttgart.
The striker, 19, will be out of contract at the Emirates in the summer and will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs when the transfer window opens on 1 January.
The report claims that Sven Mislintat, the sporting director at the Mercedes Benz Arena, ‘knows the young attacker very well’ from his time as our head of scouting and that the German side could finance a package if they sell Argentine striker Nicolas Gonzalez. They also cite strong competition from Liverpool.
The Gunners have been trying to persuade Balogun to commit his future to the club for quite some time but an agreement is yet to be reached.
Both sides parked talks after negotiations hit an impasse earlier in the year and Mikel Arteta was subsequently reticent to involve him in first team training sessions.
Following a thawing in relations, the Spaniard handed the player his debut in the Europa League and he’s gone on to score twice and make an assist in five appearances.
Earlier this month, Arteta acknowledged the contract situation: “We are having some discussions with the player,” he said. “He knows we want to retain him at the club.
“We know the length of his contract at the moment is an issue but we are trying to resolve it in the best possible way.
“We want him to stay and he told me he wants to stay at the club so hopefully we can reach an agreement and extend his contract.”