The Athletic report that Arsenal are currently exploring their options for young striker Folarin Balogun. The Gunners are undecided whether another loan is the best thing for him, or whether he should stay with the first-team squad this season.
If he sticks around, Balogun would get chances in the cup competitions and act as an understudy to Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah.
This all follows reports that Stade de Reims are interested in Balogun this summer.
Ryan Taylor reports that Reims are pursuing a loan move for Balogun. Though there’s no breakthrough in talks yet, they’re on his case and hopeful of a deal.
If the Ligue 1 side do end up signing the Arsenal striker, they aren’t expected to have an option to buy in his loan contract.
Last weekend, L’Equipe reported that Reims were on the hunt for a replacement for Hugo Ekitike, and Balogun was one of the names on their shortlist.
Balogun has found opportunities hard to come by in pre-season.
The striker did score in Arsenal’s opening game, playing 45 minutes against Ipswich Town. But after another 22 minutes in the next game against FC Nurnberg, he hasn’t featured at all in the five games since then.
Arsenal have two very good goalscorers in Jesus and Nketiah. Jesus has seven goals in his five pre-season games, whilst Nketiah brought his tally to six after his latest goal against Sevilla.
A loan would seem like Balogun’s best opportunity to play regularly, but Arsenal clearly aren’t sure whether that’s what they want yet.
Source: Daily Cannon