The Athletic have claimed that Folarin Balogun is set to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at Arsenal and rubbish rumours regarding his future at the club – to which Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has given a further update.
Balogun, 19, is said to be ‘on the cusp’ of signing a new deal. He has been linked with an Arsenal exit for some time but with Arsenal talks dragging on for months, it appears the Gunners have finally made a breakthrough to keep the striker at Arsenal.
It is harsly a surprise to see Mikel Arteta keen for him to stay. The New York-born star has netted nine goals in 18 Under-23 appearances this season while also breaking into the senior side to play five times – scoring twice in the Europa League.
Now, Romano has delivered an update on Ornstein’s story that Balogun is to sign a contract that will keep him at the club until 2025. He states that Balogun has turned down an offer from Bayer Leverkusen, but that Leipzig were not interested.
Folarin Balogun is gonna turn down an important contract bid from Bayer Leverkusen to stay at Arsenal. RB Leipzig have never been in the race.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 9, 2021
TBR’s view – Massive boost for Arsenal, but shake-up needed
Now with Balogun staying, Arsenal need to make a decision on one – if not two – of their current strikers. Alexandre Lacazette is currently first choice while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is club captain and often used from the left flank.
Gabriel Martinelli is highly-rated and back from injury but Eddie Nketiah is struggling for game time. With Balogun now signing a new deal, a shake-up is needed. The first name likely to be offloaded is Nketiah – and then perhaps Lacazette.