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Arsenal star Folarin Balogun is close to signing a previous contract with a foreign club before leaving the Gunners on a free transfer next summer.
One of the most exciting talents at Arsenal’s academy, 19-year-old Balogun was due to leave the club last summer when he entered the final year of his contract, but Mikel Arteta hoped to convince the forward to stay.
Balogun has received five first-team appearances this season, scoring two goals and one assist in four Europa League appearances, but Athletic They claim that the teenager has not been convinced to extend his stay at the club.
He has been unable to come to an agreement with Arsenal and is instead close to putting pen to paper on a pre-contract deal to move abroad with a free transfer once his current contract expires at the end of the season. .
Balogun and his representatives were not impressed with the terms offered at the Emirates Stadium, believing that Arsenal did not endorse what they said publicly about wanting to stay with the forward.
His position in the first team also worries. Despite Arsenal’s struggles in the league earlier in the season, Balogun has yet to become part of a Premier League team and there are fears that his career will stall if he remains with the Emirates.
Arteta recently attacked Balogun’s agent, questioning if they were really acting in the player’s best interest.
“You need three parties to make a deal,” he said (via objective). “Sure, the club wants to make a deal, the coach wants to make a deal, the player wants to stay and I’m not sure about the agent. I’m not saying he stops, we just have to reach an agreement with him.
“We are negotiating with an agent, with a player who wants to stay at the club and we have to reach an agreement.
“I tell them that we are doing everything possible to keep him here and hopefully from the other side they are doing the same and with the same interest, which is the interest of the player, which is to stay in the football club and be there.” successful with us “.
In terms of possible landing spots for Balogun, no team is specifically mentioned, but the move abroad means suitors like Liverpool and Southampton have obviously been lost.
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