The Athletic are the latest outlet to report that Folarin Balogun is expected to join Stade de Reims on loan, following negotiations at the weekend.
They write that the striker is set to undergo a medical in France ahead of the official announcement, and other outlets have claimed the medical already took place on Monday.
As reported elsewhere, The Athletic add that there’s no purchase clause in the deal, it’s simply a straight loan.
The Daily Mail report that despite the imminent transfer, Balogun is still part of Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans.
Arsenal are letting Balogun leave temporarily, to aid his development, but the Gunners still see a future for him in North London.
Balogun found opportunities hard to come by in pre-season.
The striker scored in Arsenal’s opening game, playing 45 minutes against Ipswich Town. But after another 22 minutes in the next game against FC Nurnberg, he didn’t feature 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.
Source: Daily Cannon