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Concern for Arsenal: Amid mounting Liverpool links, Bundesliga outfit join Balogun hunt

Concern for Arsenal: Amid mounting Liverpool links, Bundesliga outfit join Balogun hunt

Media speculation doing the rounds on Sunday suggests that interest in Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun is beginning to mount.

Gunners starlet

19-year-old attacker Balogun has long been viewed as one of the most promising young talents on Arsenal’s books.

The New York native is a product of the north Londoners’ youth system, with his goalscoring exploits over recent seasons having begun to catch the eye.

Remarkably, Balogun notched a goal every 62 minutes with Arsenal’s U18s in 2018/19, a key factor in the club’s eventual title win.

This was followed by a further 10 goals and 4 assists across 15 appearances in the Premier League 2 last season.

Expiring deal

Such impressive form, in turn, has unsurprisingly seen Balogun tipped for a bright future at the Emirates.

In fact, the early months of the new season have seen the teenage hitman earn a regular spot in first-team training alongside Mikel Arteta’s senior stars.

Balogun was even handed his professional debut back in October, and has since managed a further quartet of substitute appearances.

Concern for Arsenal: Amid mounting Liverpool links, Bundesliga outfit join Balogun hunt

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Flo Balogun celebrates scoring his 2nd goal, Arsenal’s 4th, during the Premier League International Cup match between Arsenal FC and AS Monaco FC at Meadow Park on March 03, 2020 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It has therefore no doubt come as a major source of concern that, to this point, Arsenal have been unable to tie their prodigious young hitman down to a new contract at the club.

In fact, with Balogun’s current deal set to expire next summer, widespread speculation earlier this year suggested that those in a position of power at the Emirates had come to the decision to cash in on the striker, rather than lose him for nothing in less than a year’s time.

Stuttgart join hunt

Evidently, in the end, though, such a departure was not forthcoming for the explosive teen.

As outlined above, however, if the latest word spreading across the European media this weekend is to be believed, then interest in Balogun’s signature is beginning to mount.

First, it was revealed that one of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals are keeping a close eye on the young hitman’s contract situation, with a view to a free agent swoop.

The outfit in question? Liverpool.

This is not the first time that the Reds have been linked with a move for Balogun, but, significantly, confirmation of the interest on the part of the English champions this time comes courtesy of the highly reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic.

Concern for Arsenal: Amid mounting Liverpool links, Bundesliga outfit join Balogun hunt

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta dejected on the touchline during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium, London. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Images via Getty Images)

Elsewhere, meanwhile, rumours stemming from Germany have tipped Bundesliga outfit VFB Stuttgart as a potential landing spot for the English youth international.

As per a report from Kicker, Die Roten – overseen by former Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat – view Balogun as a potential replacement for star hitman Nicolas Gonzalez.

Pellegrino Matarazzo’s men could of course also point towards the success of other young talent to have departed the Premier League for the Bundesliga in the recent past as a selling point to Balogun, with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham having lit up the German top-flight over recent seasons.

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