In the event that Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun continues to shatter records at Stade de Reims, AC Milan is allegedly concerned that they will no longer be able to pay to buy Balogun.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Italian powerhouses are interested in signing the 21-year-old English international after his sensational breakout year in France with the Ligue 1 side. Balogun scored his 16th league goal of the season last weekend, becoming the first English player since Glenn Hoddle to reach this figure in the division.
With Balogun needing only three more goals to surpass the former England manager’s record, the Arsenal striker is expected to garner significant transfer market interest, with AC Milan and Inter Milan among the top teams willing to pay heavily to acquire his services.
The Rossoneri are concerned that Arsenal’s valuation of Balogun ahead of a prospective sale in the summer transfer window of €40m (£34m) could soon make him unaffordable for the club.
Given Milan’s present striker predicament, Balogun would be ideal for the Serie A giants, however, the forward’s form at Reims might be a concern. Milan’s transfer approach of recruiting young players with the potential to develop at the club has been crucial to their success in recent years.
We all know that the striker is on pace to shatter Hoddle’s English scoring record in the league, and with Arsenal expected to let Balogun depart in the summer, the Gunners might demand whatever price Milan wants for their Hale End product.
After a great season in France, Balogun is expected to be one of Europe’s most sought-after talents this year. Nevertheless, Milan may have to withdraw their interest in the striker if Arsenal demands too much.
The attacker is on pace to shatter multiple Ligue 1 records by the end of the season, making it quite likely that Milan will be unable to meet whatever Arsenal seek for their next North End sensation. This might provide an opening for a club from the Premier League to make a bid.