Arsenal to sell academy graduate forward for £50m: report

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta arrives ahead of the English Premier League football match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at The City Ground in Nottingham, central England, on May 20, 2023.
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Arsenal are ready to let an academy product leave the club – for a whopping £50 million.

The Gunners' Hale End production line has stepped up in the past few seasons to produce some of the club's leading talents, with Mikel Arteta utilising the academy heavily. This was partly due to necessity of having reduced spending power – but has fostered a culture of opportunity for youngsters.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have been the standout stars, taking the No.7 and No.10 shirts in the first team respectively, while the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson have broke through in recent times, too. 

Ex Arsenal players (L) Thierry Henry and (R) Dennis Bergkamp with current players (2ndL) Bukayo Saka and (2ndR) Emile Smith Rowe after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2022 in London, England.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith have helped revolutionise Arsenal's style and culture (Image credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

With Arsenal now looking to compete at the top of the Premier League now and with ambitions to add big-money players to their side, the academy may now be used a little differently, with Hale Enders potential money-spinners to bolster cash reserves.

Indeed, Sky Sports' Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that striker Folarin Balogun is now priced at a whopping £50 million ahead of his next move. 

Balogun lit up Ligue 1 on loan last season with Reims under Will Still, netting 22 times with the French side and earning call-ups to the US men's national team. The 21-year-old spurned advances from England, who he played with as a youth star, to represent the nation of his birth.

But with the pathway to being first-choice No.9 for the Gunners looking tough – Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz could all play there next season – Balogun wants regular action at this point in his career. The forward has requested a permanent transfer, with Arsenal likely to insert a buyback clause. 

Folarin Balogun #20 of the United States scores a goal and celebrates during the CONCACAF Nations League Final game between United States and Canada at Allegiant Stadium; on June 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Folarin Balogun is a recently-capped United States international (Image credit: Robin Alam/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

According to the Mail, Crystal Palace are interested in the striker, with Roy Hodgson remaining at Selhurst Park next season. 

Balogun is valued at €25m by Transfermarkt

More Arsenal stories

Arsenal transfer news is ramping up this summer, with the Gunners set to loosen their wage structure to attract the best players.

Moises Caicedo is heavily linkedXavi Simons is on the radarIvan Fresneda could join and Ilkay Gundogan is wanted, too. Arsenal could sell £100m worth of players, too – with William SalibaMartin Odegaard and Thomas Partey all wanted by clubs overseas.

Jay Bothroyd, meanwhile, has told FFT that the Gunners perhaps surprisingly, should be in the market for a striker.

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