2. Cash-in on Folarin Balogun
While Tierney’s exit seemed likely this summer, Balogun’s appeared inevitable. It became clear in pre-season that the striker wasn’t going to get the first team opportunities he desired in north London, and Arsenal have since been working on a permanent exit.
Following his stellar season in Ligue 1 with Reims last time out, the Gunners have understandably slapped a big price tag on Balogun’s head, but this has so far proved problematic when negotiating with interested parties.
The Gunners’ resolve has seen several clubs drop out of the running, but many are still interested in signing the 22-year-old before the deadline. Chelsea, Fulham, and Crystal Palace have all been linked, as were both Milan clubs, but AS Monaco currently seems to be his most likely destination.
Arsenal will undoubtedly sell Balogun before the end of the window, but I suspect it’ll be for less than their reported £50m valuation, especially if Monaco win the race.
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