There has been intense speculation surrounding the future of Folarin Balogun in the last period.
The reports in England suggested that Bayer Leverkusen have joined the hunt for Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun.
The 19-year-old striker has played all his life at Arsenal. Balogun’s contract at Arsenal is set to expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
In 5 appearances for Arsenal, Balogun has managed to score 2 goals, and create one goal for his teammates.
The 19-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in England.
Folarin Balogun has represented England at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, winning 15 caps and scoring 3 goals.
The striker’s contract at Arsenal is about to expire and a number of clubs are said to be monitoring his situation, with Bayer Leverkusen showing the most concrete interest in an attempt to lure the player to their team.
Peter Bosz wants to sign a new striker and Balogun is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
Balogun is a long-term target of Bayer and could be a decent addition for Peter Bosz’s side.
Leverkusen are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The England international will offer the Bayer boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Bayer Leverkusen have become the latest team to register their interest in promising Arsenal talent Folarin Balogun. The 19-year-old looks increasingly likely to be leaving the Emirates when his contract expires this summer. As things stand, the young striker is unconvinced that he will be given opportunities in the first team. That is despite Arsenal being keen to retain him. He has made just five senior appearances this term. But he is still yet to been handed a chance in the Premier League. With the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah ahead of him, he is reluctant to put pen-to-paper on a new contract as his pathway appears blocked. Therefore, the Gunners face losing him for free at the end of the season. And there is a host of teams waiting to pounce.”
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Bayer Leverkusen will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Balogun to join the club.
Folarin Balogun ideal fit for Bayer Leverkusen?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
The 19-year-old would be a very good addition for Leverkusen and they can afford him as well.
All in all, Balogun will be an ideal choice for Bosz as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what he demands from his attackers.
It will be interesting to see where the player ends up this summer.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.