Folarin Balogun seems set to leave Arsenal when his contract expires in the summer. He is now free to discuss a deal with a foreign club and sign a pre-contract agreement if one is reached, and according to The Athletic, he is close to doing so.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta recently spoke about the situation, making it clear that three parties are needed to agree a new contract; the club and manager want the player to stay, the player wants to stay, but he wasn’t so sure about the player’s agent in this case. On the other hand, Balogun and his agent have redirected the questions about desire for the player to stay, back at the club and the manager.
Having sold Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa last summer, Championship side Brentford submitted a £5 million offer for Balogun which Arsenal rejected, apparently hopeful of a breakthrough in the talks about a new contract. However, those talks have yielded no progress as of yet, with the club’s offer still very far from what the player demands.
Further more, there are obvious concerns about getting the game-time a 19-year-old player needs to help his development, and Balogun has so far made only five substitute appearances for the first team this season, none of which came in the Premier League. He scored two goals and made one assist, all in the Europa League. Apart from that, he has played 12 times for the Under-23 side, scoring five goals and laying on three assists in the Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy combined.