According to various outlets, Folarin Balogun is close to agreeing a new long-term contract at Arsenal.
The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been free to discuss a Bosman move with foreign clubs since January.
The likes of Stuttgart and RB Leipzig are thought to have made contact but after protracted negotiations, it appears Edu has finally persuaded the striker that he will get first team game time under Mikel Arteta.
The manager has been optimistic about getting a deal done for some time, despite the very real prospect of losing the Academy graduate for free.
In January, he said: “We’re trying to get something done. We want him to stay. We’re going step-by-step and he’s made some big steps in the last few months. He wasn’t even training and then he’s had a few good games for us. The steps are there in every way. We’re trying to keep him.”
Balogun has scored twice in five first team appearances this season and could compete with Gabriel Martinelli as the backup to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should the Gunners part ways with Alex Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. The duo both enter the final year of their contracts this summer.