Arsenal may look to sign a more physical striker if Folarin Balogun leaves the club this summer, according to a report.
Arsenal 21-year-old striker Folarin Balogun is the subject of plenty of speculation at the moment, whether that’s with his club or internationally.
England, the USMNT, and Nigeria are all keen to add Balogun to their ranks on a national level, whilst the centre-forward’s 18 goals on loan with Stade de Reims have raised the question of what Arsenal do with him next season.
Balogun recently told the media he’d hold talks and come to an agreement with Arsenal over the summer, and nothing is decided yet.
But the Evening Standard report that if Balogun does leave the club, Arsenal could target a more physical striker to add to their current options.
As effective as Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard, and Eddie Nketiah have been, none of them are particularly imposing presences in the penalty area.
That hasn’t been a major issue for Arsenal so far, but adding a taller striker would give Mikel Arteta options, particularly late in games.
The Gunners have reportedly scouted Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Dusan Vlahovic, Tammy Abraham, Victor Osimhen, and Rasmus Hojlund in recent times.
Arsenal would certainly need one of their current options to leave before they could add another, but there are no guarantees that will be Balogun.
With his strong form on loan, the youngster could easily push to break into Arteta’s squad in pre-season, potentially pushing someone else out instead.
After all, Arsenal must be an attractive place to be at the moment, with the chance to fight at the top of the Premier League and the likely return of Champions League football next season.
You’d hope no one will want to give that up without a fight.
It’s going to be a very interesting summer for Arsenal’s group of strikers.