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Middlesbrough eye Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun

Sat 01 January 2022 | 18:28

Middlesbrough is one of the Sky Bet Championship teams interested in loaning out Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun.

Since August, Balogun has not played in the

Premier League

, but he is still an essential part of Arsenal's long-term ambitions, having signed a new deal in April that keeps him at the club until 2025. 

Middlesbrough manager

Chris Wilder

attempted to recruit the 20-year-old New-York born, while he was at the helm of Sheffield United in 2020. 

Balogun is also attracting attention in Europe, with French

Ligue 1

club Saint-Etienne keeping an eye on his status. 

Per Mertesacker, Arsenal's academy coach, indicated last month that Balogun, who has played a total of 10 senior-team outings in all tournaments, will be loaned away in January.

In the meantime, forward

Eddie Nketiah's

condition at the Emirates Stadium remains unchanged. 

Nketiah, who bagged a hat-trick against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup last month, rejected Arsenal's most recent contract extension and is now free to discuss a pre-contract with a foreign club. 

Arsenal's final chance to get the 22-year-old is in January; however, they will be compensated even if he goes on a free transfer. 

A permanent trade in January is not ruled out; nonetheless, Nketiah's talents may be necessary since out-of-favour former skipper

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

has already gone for Gabon's Africa Cup of Nations duties.

 


source: SportMob

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