Six clubs chasing Arsenal record holder following excellent season in red and white

The Gunners are set to net a hefty profit

As many as six sides across Europe are ready to do battle for Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun after it emerged that he was keen to depart north London this summer.

The 21-year-old, who recently declared for the USMNT after time with the England youth set up, has enjoyed a stunning breakout season.

On loan with Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims, he has scored 20 times in a memorable campaign, setting plenty of records in the process.

He managed the most goals by an Englishman in a single Ligue 1 season, while he was also the youngest player since 1956 to hit 17 goals in the French top flight. Additionally, thanks to his nationality switch, he also holds the record for being the first American to score 20 goals in one season in a top-five league.

According to the Athletic, he is keen to continue being a first team star, with David Ornstein reporting that he would rather leave the Emirates Stadium permanently this summer than leave on another loan deal in a bid to build his career.

He has emerged as a potential target for Serie A champions Napoli, whose star striker Victor Osimhen is one of the hottest prospects in Europe and desired by plenty of clubs across world football.

But they will face plenty of competition, with the Athletic adding that ‘AC Milan, Inter Milan, RB Leipzig, Marseille and Monaco are clubs expected to pursue Balogun’ on a permanent deal should he become available.

RB Leipzig will see Christopher Nkunku join Chelsea this summer, while Inter Milan will see Romelu Lukaku also head to west London when his loan spell expires, leaving both in need of another striker.

It is thought that Arsenal will demand around 40m euros for the youngster, who is under contract with them until 2025, a fee which is set to produce an almighty scramble for one of Europe’s top talents.

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Ben Browning

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