Folarin Balogun’s impressive loan spell with Stade Reims surely would have Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta interested over the attacker’s future at the Emirates Stadium, but despite Balogun’s production in France, his future with the Gunners could reportedly end this summer.
Arsenal is open to selling Balogun on a permanent deal this summer, London Times reported Monday. Balogun is currently in the final months of his season-long loan spell with Stade Reims, where he has been one of the best forwards in Ligue 1.
In addition, Balogun is opposed to signing a new contract with the Gunners and another loan spell from England next season, The Athletic reported.
Balogun, 21, has totaled 19 goals in 31 combined appearances for Will Still’s squad, with 18 of his tallies coming in Ligue 1 play. The Arsenal loanee has been on the radar of several clubs over recent months including AC Milan, Inter Milan, Marseille, and Monaco.
Balogun previously worked his way through Arsenal’s academy, excelling for the club’s Under-18 and Under-21 teams. He scored 75 goals and registered 18 assists in 103 combined appearances for Arsenal’s U-18 and U-21 squads.
However, his production at the youth ranks has not earned Balogun a consistent first team role with the Gunners, whom he has only made 10 senior appearances for. Balogun spent majority of last season on loan with English second-tier side Middlesbrough before returning to Arsenal in June 2022.
Balogun’s international future is also in question with the U.S. men’s national team-eligible forward withdrawing from England’s U-21 squad during the March window. USMNT interim head coach Anthony Hudson previously confirmed talks between himself and Balogun over a potential international switch to the United States.
Arsenal is currently leading the English Premier League this season, holding a six-point advantage over defending champions, Manchester City.