Arsenal turn down second bid for £30m player

Arsenal have rejected a bid for a first-team player on Monday.

The player in question is Folarin Balogun, who has made 10 appearances for the Gunners’ senior side, scoring two goals in the process.

After struggling for regular minutes in the first half of 2021/22, Balogun was shipped out on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough in January.

Balogun did not have the best spell in the North East, scoring three and assisting three in 21. But he was hampered by then-Boro boss Chris Wilder’s constant changing of his front line.

2022/23, though, saw Balogun loaned to Stade Reims for the full campaign. During his time in France, the 21-year-old has scored 20 and assisted three in 35 Ligue 1 outings.

Despite his excellent campaign last time out and a lack of goals from their current strikers, it appears the Gunners would prefer to part ways with the American this summer.

Now, according to The Athletic, French side AS Monaco are trying to sign the 22-year-old.

The report claims Monaco had an opening verbal proposal for the USMNT international rejected following a pre-season friendly between the clubs last week.

And on Monday, a written bid has also been knocked back but Monaco are not giving up on the striker, who Arsenal value at £50m but he is only rated at £30m by

101 previously compared Balogun and Eddie Nketiah’s suitability for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side, which you can read here.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.

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