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15 clubs chasing Folarin Balogun as Mikel Arteta fails to persuade ace to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun reportedly has at least 15 clubs chasing him as he nears the end of his Emirates contract.

Balogun, 19, has impressed in the Europa League though is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season.

The striker is believed to be eager to play football rather than sitting on the bench though Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is struggling to tie his man down.

Renowned transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that Balogun’s contract situation with Arsenal is “stalling”.

And he adds that the youngster has received more than 15 bids as a free agent for next summer.

Gunners manager Arteta spoke last week about why Balogun is yet to pen fresh terms in north London.

Folarin Balogun has been with Arsenal since the age of 10

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“Well, you need three parties to make a deal,” he said. “For sure the club wants to make a deal, the manager wants to make a deal, and I’m not sure about the agent.

“I’m not saying he’s stopping it’s that we need to find an agreement with him. “We are negotiating at the end with an agent, with a player that wants to stay at the club and we need to find agreement.

“I’m telling you that we are doing everything we can to keep him here.

Folarin Balogun has impressed in the Europa League for Arsenal this season

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“And hopefully from the other part they’re doing the same and defending the same interest which is the player’s interests which is to stay at the club and be successful with us.”

Balogun is one of Arsenal’s highest rated youngsters having scored freely for the club’s U18s and U23s teams.

Liverpool and RB Leipzig are believed to be among the European giants interested in his services.

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