Arsenal striker posts cryptic transfer hint on Instagram

Arsenal striker drops major transfer hint

Folarin Balogun has been a subject of strong interest from several clubs across Europe. But no club has been more determined than Inter Milan to land the young forward.

The Italian giants already have a bid rejected for the 22-year-old. And after losing out on Gianluca Scamacca, the Nerazzurri have come back stronger for Balogun.

The Hale End graduate is keen to be a regular fixture in a team, even if that means leaving his boyhood club Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta already has Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah as the prime options for the center forward role, but he can also rely on Leandro Trossard and new arrival Kai Havertz to do the job.

That has left several questions unanswered on Balogun’s future at the Emirates Stadium.

The striker himself dropped a major hint amid strong links to Inter Milan. The 22-year-old uploaded a video of the Brazilian Ronaldo, during his playing years in Milan.

Simeone Inzaghi’s side are willing to make a second bid of €30 million, including add-ons, but that will be expected to be turned down by the Gunners, who continue to hold out for €50 million.

But Arsenal’s stance might loosen as they approach the latter stages of the transfer window, as they hope to raise some cash from sales, after already spending heavily this summer.

It is still unknown whether Balogun will end up staying or leaving the Emirates Stadium. With Jesus out for a few weeks, the American might see himself at the crux of the team.

Who knows but perhaps it is his teammate Nketiah who ends up leaving rather than him?

Writer – Yash Bisht

Tags Inter Milan


  1. Nketiah was our best forward against Monaco yet was left out for Havertz against City.The German is a highly talented attacking midfielder but he will never hit it off as a central striker and is not a natural goal scorer like Balogun.We have one of the best centre backs in Europe who was played as an inverted LB against City.Defensively he was superb but, naturally, he was limited in terms of attacking movements and skills, which had an adverse impact on Martinelli and Rice.I don’t believe Arteta knows his best team nor how to get the best out of the ample resources he now has, but I hope his mind clears in time for the start of the League campaign.Despite his impressive credentials,Balogun, like Tierney is clearly surplus to requirements, and ,in the best interests of all concerned, the sooner they move to pastures new, the better.In professional football, errors of judgement by Management are common place and these two could well be cited as examples of our Managers shortcomings in due course.

    1. Or maybe it is quite clever to start Havertz against a team, which normally dominates us???
      Seems to me it worked very well, and maybe we will see Nketiah or Trossard as striker on Saturday, as it is a completely different type of game?

      1. I agree AndersS. Many were calling for Arteta to become unpredictable last season and sometimes that means opting for different players against different opponents. I’d like to think that all of Nketiah,Jesus,Havertz and even Trossard can be used in a central role depending on opposition.

    2. What do we really want as arsenal fans
      First we complain that we are using a right back to play an opposite position and so it affected his attacking… Can you attack city with any team without first thinking about defending them?

      To say Arteta doesn’t know his eleven is already a naive statement because their is no preferred 11 this season, just a squad of competent players with almost the same level of play.

      I will say we should just trust the man and enjoy the football. Balogun is too proud to become an arsenal starter. Is he better than players like Smith Rowe that have tasted a good season in the league and yet are being second fiddle? He should be sold asap…

  2. Inter should be looking to buy a 20 goal a year striker from the English First Divison for £30 million not the English Premier Division. Maybe they can sell Lautaro Martinez for £30 million and put the money towards a £60 million pound bid for Balogun.!

  3. A fan once wrote asking Arsenal fans, with Balogun, Nketiah and Nelson, which of the three they would like to see remain at the club?

  4. Folarin Balogun. He may be a good striker but seems he is not fit for Arsenal imo. And my reasons are purely his attitude. Arsenal dropped out of top 4 due to players attitude and their focus on things other than performance on pitch. We have got the right, professional attitude now after low time and I believe Balogun doesn’t fit that mould.
    2021 when he sighed new contract, the also he was not very keen to stay and explored options then. He gave impression that his heart is not at Arsenal.
    After 2yrs now he is again he is giving indications which are not very professional. During summer he stated clearly that he won’t go on loan again. He did not say that his preference is not to go out on loan, he stated that he won’t. He has 2 year contract with Arsenal and is being paid fully towards it. Yet he wants to dictate things to club. He wants to have a move which is fine but to acting unprofessionally is unacceptable. He clearly is not willing to fight for his spot in the team (just like he decided England was too tough for him and decided to represent a team where he could just play). Moreover he want Arsenal to sell cheap. If its that important to him why not reduce his wage demands so that more money can be budgeted by interested clubs towards fees to buy his contract.
    Just my opinion and others may feel otherwise but I felt for sometime that he is not very professional and not food for dressing room. Better to get rid of him….. But extract every last penny in negotiations.

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