OM Mercato : Arsenal set a condition for Folarin Balogun
Author of a sensational season with Reims, Folarin Balogun is attracting the interest of several European clubs, including OM. Arsenal has set his price.
Strengthening the offensive sector will undoubtedly be one of Olympique de Marseille‘s priorities during the next transfer window. Aware of the end of Alexis Sanchez‘s contract and Vitinha‘s adaptation problems, OM leaders are already exploring several options internally to strengthen their attack next season. And one of them would lead to Folarin Balogun.
On loan from Arsenal, the young British striker is having a great season at Stade de Reims. He has already scored 18 goals and provided 3 assists in 29 matches played in Ligue 1 this season. Such performances inevitably attract the attention of several European clubs in search of offensive reinforcements. OM has quickly positioned itself on his trail to attract him during the next transfer window.
OM leaders have a good relationship with their counterparts at Arsenal, which could facilitate Folarin Balogun‘s arrival in Marseille. Moreover, the main interested party does not exclude the idea of continuing his adventure in the French league. “If I can imagine my future in France? Yes, I’m not closing any doors. Of course, I have had a good year here, and many people think it would be logical for me to come back here,” he said in a recent interview with the English Ligue 1 website.
OM Mercato: Arsenal demands a check for €40 million for Folarin Balogun.
The Olympique de Marseille management, therefore, has reason to believe in a possible signature of Folarin Balogun. But the Marseille club will have to be very generous to make this happen. Sky Sport Deutschland reveals that Arsenal‘s management is ready to let go of their young talent this summer, provided they receive a large check for his departure. They expect no less than €40 million before giving up their striker loaned to Reims. This amount is not within the reach of a club like OM.
Therefore, Marseille seems to be in a very difficult position on this offensive target. Even if the president of OM, Pablo Longoria, has managed to work some miracles in previous transfer windows, the young striker loaned to Reims should eventually find another destination. AC Milan, Inter Milan, RB Leipzig, and other European powerhouses are also on his trail. This strong competition is likely to drive up the bidding for his transfer. OM‘s management should, therefore, turn to less expensive targets to strengthen their attack this summer.