– Folarin Balogun has been with Arsenal football club since he was eight years old
– The teenager is yet to agree a new deal with the club amid interest from Liverpool
– Balogun has also been linked with a move to Sheffield United and Brentford
Folarin Balogun could be departing Arsenal football club as a free agent as reigning Premier League champions Liverpool are keen on making a move for the star.
The youngster who is currently a member of the England U20 team is however eligible to play for the Nigeria national football team as his parents were born in the West African nation.
The 19-year-old was earlier linked with Sheffield United and Brentford as he had been with the Gunners since the age of eight.
It was gathered that there is an ongoing negotiation between the player and Arsenal, but they are yet to reach an agreement despite Mikel Arteta wanting him to stay.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein also suggested the starlet favours a move abroad.
“Although Balogun’s domestic admirers include Liverpool, he can speak to foreign clubs from January 1 & that route is understood to hold greatest appeal at present, particularly Germany.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal players are set to lose 25 per cent of their wages if they fail to stay up in the English topflight division.
And if the north London club drop out of the top division, players would have to accept a pay cut to compete in the Championships next season.
It is expected that Mikel Arteta’s side would be in the top six by this stage of the competition and would probably compete for a Champions League spot before the end.
Due to the financial crisis currently rocking the world’s economy because of the global pandemic, players’ contracts have been pegged with pay-cut clauses.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Mikel Arteta’s issue with Mesut Ozil is because the German midfielder cannot play on the wings.
The Gunners boss did not include the 31-year-old in Arsenal’s Premier League campaign and the Europa League squad until January and he defended his decision to do so.
The north London club has been struggling this season, managing only one win in their last ten Premier League matches, leaving them 15th on the log.
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