Balogun’s stance on Arsenal transfer exit with Liverpool amongst ‘admirers’

Folarin Balogun has been linked with Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window as his Arsenal contract stand-off continues.

The 19-year-old striker has attracted admirers outside of north London this season after scoring twice during substitute appearances in the Europa League.

Balogun also came off the bench during Arsenal's Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City in midweek, and it remains to be seen whether he makes a first Premier League appearance against Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Talks are continuing over a new deal for the England under-20 international, with the Gunners fearing they could lose him for nothing when his current contract ends next summer.

And Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing the USA-born teenager, according to a report from The Athletic.

The publication claims Arsenal have not managed to reach an agreement with Balogun's representatives and that his exit next summer looks increasingly likely.

However, the report says it is more likely he will move abroad, with the striker eyeing a move to the Bundesliga.

The youngster will be able to make a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club once the transfer window opens next month.

He has featured heavily for Arsenal's under-23s this term, scoring four goals and notching two assists in Premier League 2.

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Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said earlier this month he hoped Balogun would sign a new deal.

“We are having some discussions with the player,” said Arteta after Balogun scored one and set one up in Arsenal's 4-2 win over Dundalk in the Europa League.

“He knows we want to retain him at the club. We know the length of his contract at the moment is an issue but we are trying to resolve it in the best possible way.

“We want him to stay and he told me he wants to stay at the club so hopefully we can reach an agreement and extend his contract.”

On Balogun's performance against Dundalk, Arteta said: “Yes, he’s done really well. Every minute he’s been on the field, he’s been superb.

"He looked a threat again, he scored a goal, he set up another one and he looked really lively and mature.”

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