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Arsenal meet with star’s representatives amid transfer interest

Arsenal have met with the representatives of an in demand player ahead of the summer transfer window opening.

According to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, Arsenal have met with the representatives of Folarin Balogun to discuss his future amid transfer interest from RB Leipzig and clubs in the Premier League.

It is added that Balogun wants regular first-team football going forward. As a result, him staying on Arsenal’s books looks unlikely.

The Gunners currently have Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah as first-team strikers. And whilst neither is particularly prolific in front of goal, Jesus’ link-up play and pressing has been crucial in Arsenal going from missing out on the top-four to challenging for the Premier League title in the space of a season.

So, Arsenal may be better served cashing in on Balogun and using the funds to improve other areas of their squad, such as central midfield, centre-back and right-back.

Balogun scored 22 and assisted three in 39 ties for Stade Reims this past season.

No potential transfer fee is mentioned in the update from Sheth, but a figure of £26m was floated as an acceptable price last month when Napoli were linked with the hitman.

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