Liverpool were recently linked with a move for Folarin Balogun but it seems as if the Arsenal striker is set to join a European side.
It was originally suggested by David Ornstein in The Athletic that the Reds could target the 19-year-old in the summer when his contract with the Gunners expires.
However, it was revealed earlier this week that the forward, who has been prolific at youth level for Arsenal, is close to signing a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
Balogun has been superb for Arsenal’s youth teams in recent years, having scored 38 goals in 41 games for the U18s whilst he has 17 goals and six assists in the same number of games for the U23s.
The New York-born forward has broken through into Mikel Arteta’s side this season in the Europa League and has managed an impressive two goals and one assist in five games for the North London club.
Arteta spoke publicly about how impressive Balogun has been recently, perhaps in an attempt to convince him to stay, but it seems as if he will depart the Emirates Stadium outfit at the end of the season.
The Spanish manager said:
“His progression and the use of the time that he’s had with us has been incredible. He will keep having chances while he’s with us.”
The Merseyside club have enjoyed great success in promoting young strikers into their first team, with the likes of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen establishing themselves as Liverpool greats from the academy, whilst Rhian Brewster was recently sold to Sheffield United for £23.5 million after being poached from Chelsea’s academy set up.
Balogun certainly seems to have the potential to follow in the footsteps of these former Liverpool players, but it seems as if the Reds have fallen short in their hopes of signing the American as they had the disadvantage of not being able to negotiate with the 19-year-old until his contract with Arsenal expires, something which will surely frustrate Jurgen Klopp.
It will be interesting to see how Balogun progresses if he does end up leaving Arsenal and whether the Reds end up rueing not being able to bring him in, as he surely would have been the ideal replacement for Divock Origi as Roberto Firmino’s back-up at Anfield.