Arsenal are reportedly set to offload teenager striker Folarin Balogun this summer after talks between the north London club and the player’s representatives hit the skids – and Gunners fans have reacted on Twitter.
Balogun, 19, is showing enormous potential with the Gunners’ Under-23 side – having scored 10 goals in 15 Premier League 2 appearances. But he is due to enter the final 12 months of his contract on Tuesday.
Goal have claimed that Arsenal have been trying to extend Balogun’s contract and have offered the New York-born striker a performance-related contract. The player’s agents were not impressed, though, and have rejected a deal.
Indeed, Arsenal will now look to sell the England Under-18 international in the upcoming transfer window – after rejecting a £5million bid from Championship side Brentford back in the January transfer window.
Arsenal are happy to sanction the sale of Balogun. That is because Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli are shining in the first team, with big things expected from Tyreece John-Jules. Balogun looks set to leave, then.
Arsenal fans have reacted to the reported news that The Gunners are set to offload Balogun in the coming summer window. Many are outraged at the decision, with some urging the club to include a buyback clause in the sale.
Buy back or sell on clause needed! Such a shame we aren't keeping him.
— Hob Rolding (@NW_Gooner14) June 29, 2020
Any idea why they aren’t trying to insert a buyback clause instead of a sell on clause
— Kevin Tonzy AFC (@ftblKevv) June 29, 2020
This is a shocking decision, Gnabry Part II.
— James Cameron (@OpinionsMove) June 29, 2020
What is the logic behind this? Have we not learned anything from Gnabry, Malen etc? Auba and Lacazette will be gone within 2 years and Balogun has huge potential. This seems ridiculously short sighted and something we are going to regret.
— Killian Kelly (@Killian_K95) June 29, 2020
Shame they can’t have this type of conviction regarding contracts with first team players.
— Sam (@SK_arsenal) June 29, 2020
Terrible he scores for fun is class dont know what to say
— Brad Nolan (@BradersNolan) June 29, 2020
No no no no no no no
— divesh gaonkar( please stay home) (@diveshgaonkar) June 29, 2020
This seems short sighted. Especially due to the fact we might be losing our best striker. All the more reason to give chances to the youth. Of course, if he doesn’t WANT to stay then that’s a different matter.
— James Bower (@TheBowMonster) June 29, 2020