According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are the latest club to show interest in signing Folarin Balogun.
Following his impressive year on loan at Stade de Reims in France, the USA international hasn’t been short of suitors this summer.
West Ham, Fulham, Inter Milan have also been linked with the 22-year-old while Monaco tabled a bid that Arsenal rejected because it didn’t meet our asking price.
Whether that price is the same for all clubs, seems unclear. There were rumours that the Gunners cited a much higher figure when Sp*rs sniffed around (as if we’d actually agree to that deal) and that Edu would want at least £50 million from Chelsea; a sizable chunk for a player with one Premier League appearance to his name.
The Blues’ interest in Balogun is fuelled by a desire to add firepower to a squad that currently *checks notes* includes nine attackers. The Hale End graduate isn’t the only name on their shopping list, Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax) and Bradley Barcola (Lyon) are also said to be of interest.
Balogun hasn’t been part of Arsenal’s squad for the opening two games of the season and hasn’t had any minutes on the pitch since the MLS All-Stars match in Washington. D.C over a month ago.
At one point he was carrying a knock but as far as we’re aware he’s now fit. The transfer window closes on 1st September so if the interest from Chelsea is real, they are up against a ticking clock.