Is Arsenal’s asking price of £35 million for Balogun too high? Or too cheap?

Arsenal’s asking price for a red-hot striker is already scaring teams away. by Daniel O

Magnificent is the adjective to characterise Folarin Balogun’s loan season at Stade Reims. The Arsenal youngster has been so impressive that we can’t stop talking about him. The 21-year-old is currently among Ligue 1’s top scorers with 18 goals in 31 appearances, and when he scores next, he will have beaten Glen Hoddle’s record for most goals scored by an Englishman in a single season in the French league.

With Balogun’s rise in notoriety, many wonder if Arsenal will want to keep him or sell him for a profit. Balogun’s future in Arteta’s project is uncertain: Arteta’s first-choice striker is without a doubt Gabriel Jesus, who is capably deputised by Eddie Nketiah, with Leandro Trossard being an option in attack; there are also rumours of Arteta recruiting another physical striker.

If Arsenal sells Balogun, it is expected that they will seek at least £35 million in addition to add-ons. According to Goal, RB Leipzig, who were regarded front-runners in the battle to recruit the red-hot Arsenal player, are considering withdrawing from the transfer race because the asking price is too high. With Leipzig out, one may expect others to follow suit.

That may be excellent news for Gooners hoping the Hale End Graduate is given a chance to prove his worth at Arsenal; but, who knows, some club may come out of nowhere and opt to pay the hefty asking price: Balogun has a plethora of admirers.

Daniel O


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  1. How much did Isak cost Newcastle? What is the asking price for David? Look at some of the fees for Brazilian league players that are banded about.

    Arsenal are dreadful when it comes to player sales. Last few years has seen fire sale prices, but it wasn’t great before that either.

    I think 35 million isn’t enough for Balogun personally, and would prefer seeing him get a chance next season at Arsenal. Hopefully an upgrade on Nketiah, even if only slightly.

    1. Agreed. Give him a chance. But if not, get at least 40-45. Look at what he has done in a major league and look at what Mudryck did in a minor league and tell me why Mudryck was worth 80 and Bellagun 35? Makes no sense.

      We are light in the striker department, and Belagun might be our best finisher (which you can’t teach). The rest of his game, hold-up, pressing etc can be taught and added.

    1. But as we all know, that was a farcical figure and was authorised by the shady SANLLEHI, who I am surprised is still legally unprosecuted by our club.
      It has NOTHING to do with todays post Covd reality of prices and is therefore irrelevant.

  2. I think it’s a good price. If we keep him, I don’t think he’ll get enough game time, then we’ll be selling him in 6-12 months with his value massively reduced, regardless of how good he truly is or could be

    1. YES, sell while the price is higfhest OR keep and risk him not making the grade we need and losing a substantial selling fee. My gut feeling is that neither Eddie nor Balogun will be here at all come August 2024.

      If either or both, ARE present, then I will have been proven wrong to think neither will make the grade which WE WILL NEED NEXT SEASON and after too.

  3. In the winter it was reported Milan had showed an interest in Bagulon and some £35 mil was touted.

    Maybe Milan wanted to replace the old lamp post.

    But Arsenal should take a £35 mil if offered for the youngster and make a bold return for Vlohovic.

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