Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has confirmed that the Blades are interested in signing Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Sheffield United have had a £3 million bid rejected for the young striker. Arsenal are looking for a fee in the region of £15 million, which really is unlikely considering his contract situation.
The teenager has less than a year left on his contract. Goal reported a couple of months ago that Arsenal were open to letting Balogun leave this summer. The highly-rated young striker had reportedly rejected a new contract at the Emirates due to lack of first-team opportunities.
Multiple clubs had kept an eye on Balogun and it looks like it’s Sheffield United who have made the first move. Wilder addressed the media ahead of the Blades’ EFL Cup tie against Burnley tomorrow, and he confirmed that his side have indeed tried to sign Balogun this summer.
He told The Examiner: “Yeah, we made an enquiry. That’s left with the CEO at our club and at Arsenal. We want attributes that suit us at the top of the club and hopefully move us forward.”
Arsenal have no choice but to sell Balogun
Balogun is one of the most exciting youngsters in England at the moment. The 19-year-old is destined to become a top player in the Premier League but sadly, Arsenal have very little choice but to sell him before the window closes next month.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli and even Tyreece John-Jules are all above Balogun in the pecking order. The youngster will have to do something extraordinary to get into Mikel Arteta’s side which is highly unlikely this season.
Arsenal have tried to tie him down to a new deal but that hasn’t quite worked out. If Balogun is adamant that he will not extend his contract, we have no choice but to sell him this summer to avoid losing him for free in less than a year’s time.