Media speculation doing the rounds on Sunday suggests that interest in Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun is beginning to mount.
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.
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This was followed by a further 10 goals and 4 assists across 15 appearances in the Premier League 2 last season.
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.
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.
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.