Arsenal have ‘no-brainer’ $65m Folarin Balogun dilemma as Mikel Arteta plots Man City transfer

 

 

Balogun dilemma

Arsenal could be faced with an unwanted dilemma in their attempt to recoup £50million ($64.1m) for Folarin Balogun this summer. The Gunners reportedly want half of £100m for the USMNT star after his rise to stardom with Stade Reims last season.

football.london understands RB Leipzig hold an interest in the 22-year-old and according to German publication Bild, Marco Rose’s side are preparing to turn their attention onto Balogun after failing to land Lois Openda. Their latest bid, €43.5m ($47.5m), was their fourth for the Lens forward and the German side are hoping to land Balogun for less than that.

Should Leipzig come in with an offer below Arsenal’s high valuation of the New York-born star, Mikel Arteta will have a decision to make whether to allow Balogun to go for less than what they initially wanted.

football.london says: The longer this transfer saga continues, the more likely that Balogun will be faced with having to step in himself. A move to the Bundesliga, playing in the Champions League and being a leading striker is simply too good to turn down.

An offer close to Leipzig’s recent bid for Openda will see Arsenal lose €17m of their valuation. Certainly not the worst-case scenario, but definitely not ideal. However, recouping nearly €50m for a striker with only two Premier League appearances and viewed as third-choice is a no-brainer.

Time will tell whether Leipzig will go ahead with their interest in Balogun. What is clear, is that they are desperate for a new number nine following Christopher Nkunku’s move to Chelsea.

Surprise Man City move

Arsenal are reportedly plotting yet another raid on Premier League title rivals Manchester City. The Gunners are reportedly looking at strengthening their options at right-back with a move for Kyle Walker.

 

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