Rival Premier League boss confirms interest in Arsenal teenager

Chris Wilder has confirmed that Sheffield United are interested in signing Folarin Balogun.

The 19-year-old New York-born striker has entered the final year of his current deal at Arsenal and he isn’t interested in signing a new contract.

The striker wants to play first-team football as soon as possible, but he is behind the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli in the pecking order.

He will need to be patient to break into the Arsenal first team, but that is something that he is not prepared to be.

Several teams like Brentford, Southampton and AC Milan have all looked at signing him recently, but Sheffield United is the team that has recently made a bid for him.

Mail Online claimed yesterday that Arsenal rejected a £3m bid from the Blades and told them to pay as much as £15m to sign the teenager.

Wilder has now admitted that his team did make an enquiry over landing the striker.

He said as quoted by Examiner Live: “Yeah, we made an enquiry regarding the young man at Arsenal.

“That’s left with the CEO at our club and at Arsenal.

“I wanted to affect different areas and felt we have done. I wanted to bring young players in, which we have done. The last one that we have talked about at the top of the pitch we want attributes that suit us and hopefully move us forward.”

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15 Comments

  1. Deano says:

    Looks like he will leave, but £15m really !!!, seems a bit steep, didn’t we reject a bid from Brentford in Jan for £8m, hope we get what the club wants for him though

  2. Akonteh Andrew says:

    Pls my Manager do not be tempted to let Balogun go any where. We shall be qualifying for many trophies and with unanticipated injuries we need and absolute pool of players from which we can get back ups
    Let most of the old players give way to the young for God Sake
    Let Balogun stay at Arsenal and be encouraged to be patient.

    1. Val says:

      If he wont sign we lose him for 0 so best to get a fee for him and see how he gets on.
      Its pretty obvious he has other plans that to stay and wait for first team game time here, lets be frank, he wont be anywhere near the first team at present will he?
      Unless we lose all our forwards to injury, he won’t get a look in, anywhere.
      Take 10m for him and wish him well, he is talented so maybe get a % of next sale and or buyback option etc

  3. Kev82 says:

    Looks to be a good talent but if we manage to get 10 mil for him great put it toward the signing of Thomas Partey 😀🔴⚪

  4. Howard says:

    Should not be sold. From what I hear he’s a prolific goal scorer and don’t know why he’s not been given a chance in the first team.

    Anelka anyone? Anelka at 18/19 was our leading striker, let’s try him ahead of Nketiah and see what he can do. He’s left with one year on his contract.

    MA should try him and extend his contract.

  5. ClassyGunner says:

    Latest indications are that he may be signing a new contract here. Would be great if he does.

  6. RFrancis says:

    This player has the potential to become the main striker for the club within two years. It would be an egregious error to let him go especially when the price tag, wages and form of Laca are under constant scrutiny.

  7. Howard says:

    Will be amazed if MA sell this young prolific goal scorer in mould of Anelka

  8. Eddie says:

    He’s not going anywhere without signing a new contract.
    Arsenal have offered him a professional contract and he’s close to accepting it.
    Sheffield Utd now want him on loan.

    1. Chapo says:

      If its true then good. I highly rate him. Actually I do rate him above Nketiah to be honest. Tie him to a 5 year contract then loan him to a premier league side. Was happy the club actually tied Mavrapanos to a new deal before sending hiking out on loan. Seem those now incharge are learning from previous mistakes.

      1. Chapo says:

        *sending him out on loan

  9. Howard says:

    Just watched his video compilation, well such video may be deceiving but this boy is in the mould of Anelka. He has pace, is full of trickery and scores for fun. He’s the next 14. MA please let him sign on.

    I now understand why Greenwood was let go, this boy is super.

    1. Sid says:

      Also he is 2 footed.

  10. jon fox says:

    Firstly, Martinez demanded either first choise as our keeper and more wages OR to leave . He effectively held a gun to MA ‘s head and MA CORRECTLY CALLED HIS BLUFF. No responsible manager can ever promise such a thing and wiser fans understand that truth.

    Kroenke was uninterested and was no help, so MA did the correct thing and got a decent fee for him(given the general poverty caused by Covid). No error by MA then but IF there was an error at all, it was down to Kroenke the disastrous owner , not MA.

    1. jon fox says:

      Typed by silly me on the wrong thread. DUH!!!

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