Arsenal fear highly-rated teenager Folarin Balogun could leave on a free this summer after failing to convince him to sign a new deal – with Liverpool and Southampton expressing interest
- Mikel Arteta wants to keep hold of 19-year-old striker Folarin Balogun
- The youngster’s contract at Arsenal expires at the end of this season
- Arsenal have failed to convince Balogun to sign an extension with the club
- Liverpool and Southampton are among the clubs interested in the striker
Arsenal’s hopes of retaining Folarin Balogun beyond this season are fading.
The Gunners have been trying to tie down highly-rated teenage striker Balogun on a new deal, reviving discussions towards the end of last year.
Manager Mikel Arteta is keen to keep hold of the 19 year-old whose current contract expires this summer.
Arsenal are losing hope in their attempts to secure teenage star Folarin Balogun’s future
Mikel Arteta wants to keep the striker, but his contract is due to expire in the summer
But Arsenal have yet to reach an agreement with Balogun, and been unable to convince him with their latest offer, increasing the likelihood he will see out his contract and depart.
Balogun has featured five times for Arteta’s side this season, all as a substitute, but managed to score twice, against Molde and Dundalk in the Europa League, though he has yet to make his Premier League debut.
Balogun is now free to agree a pre-contract with a foreign club but has also attracted interest from Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Southampton and Brighton.
Balogun’s scored twice in Europe this term and has interest from Liverpool and Southampton
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