Folarin Balogun is being tracked by three interested clubs ahead of a possible move away from Arsenal this month, according to reports. The teenager is rated highly by the Gunners but has been tipped to leave before the end of the season amid uncertainty over his immediate future in north London.
Balogun is understood to have turned down a number of offers to stay at Arsenal, who are keen to keep hold of the New York-born striker.
His first-team opportunities have been few and far between this season with the youngster having played just 74 minutes of senior football.
The speculation surrounding Balogun’s future has attracted a significant amount of attention in recent weeks.
The Guardian has claimed that the race for his signature has been whittled down to three serious contenders, with a final decision expected within the next fortnight.
No less than 15 clubs are said to have scouted the 19-year-old at one stage or another, but many have since ended their interest, leaving a trio of unnamed potential suitors aiming to secure his services.
It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool are among the interested parties.
The Reds have been mentioned in connection with Balogun throughout this month’s transfer window, while RB Leipzig have also been tipped as potential future employers.
Since the turn of the year, Balogun has been able to negotiate a free transfer with a foreign club, sparking reports that the Bundesliga title contenders could be looking to take advantage and snap him up for nothing.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted earlier this month that an agreement to extend the forward’s stay has not yet come to fruition.
However, the Spaniard claimed that Balogun is happy to remain in north London and is not pushing for an exit.
“You need three parties to make a deal,” Arteta told reporters ahead of the FA Cup third round victory over Newcastle United. “For sure the club wants to make a deal, the manager wants to make a deal, and I’m not sure about the agent.
“No, I’m not saying he’s stopping [a deal], it’s that we need to find an agreement with him. We are negotiating at the end with an agent, with a player that wants to stay at the club and we need to find agreement.
“I’m telling you that we are doing everything we can to keep him here. And hopefully from the other part, they’re doing the same and defending the same interest which is the player’s interests which is to stay at the club and be successful with us.”
Arsenal will be hoping to extend their six-match unbeaten run in the Premier League with another victory over the Magpies at St James’ Park on Monday.