ARSENAL reportedly remain hopeful Folarin Balogun will stay at the club – despite interest from RB Leipzig.
The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and will be able to leave the Emirates on a free transfer.
Balogun has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with his contract set to expire in the summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
According to the Guardian, there is a three-way battle for his signature.
It is believed more than 15 clubs have offered him a deal.
German side RB Leipzig, who reached last season’s Champions League semi-final, are believed to be one of those interested.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side sit second in the Bundesliga, two points behind champions Bayern Munich.
They will face Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Gunners were reported to have restarted contract negotiations with the teenager in November, but talks have stalled.
They are understood to remain hopeful the highly-rated striker will sign a new contract.
Balogun is yet to make his Premier League debut but has played four times in the Europa League, scoring twice.
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It is claimed Balogun is one of 11 players that have been made ‘dispensable’ by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, although he does want him to stay.
Arteta said: “The club wants to make a deal, the manager wants to make a deal, the player wants to stay and I’m not sure about the agent.”
Balogun is represented by the same agency as his team-mate Eddie Nketiah.
He is not the only academy product at risk of leaving the club, with winger Kido Taylor-Hart also yet to sign a professional deal amid interest from overseas.
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