Inter Enter Fray Competing to Acquire Arsenal Starlet

Inter have joined the host of teams eyeing Folarin Balogun, whom Arsenal could sell for a robust fee after he blossomed at Reims. Milan have been linked to the prodigy as well, but they seem keener on Lens’ Lois Openda currently, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

The Nerazzurri will try to move on from Joaquin Correa in the summer, who hasn’t lived up to expectations amid continuous injuries. The higher-ups will attempt to do so without registering a loss after acquiring him for €33M from Lazio. An initial loan move could be in the cards.

Inter like Balogun, but the negotiation figures to be very complicated. The Gunners won’t let him go out on another temporary spell. They ask for at least €35/40M considering his success this season. He has bagged 20 goals and provided 3 assists in 36 Ligue 1 appearances.

RB Leipzig, Olympique Marseille, Monaco, and Villarreal are all keeping tabs on the starlet too. However, a lofty price tag could be problematic for most of them. La Beneamata could lean on their restored international lure and the increased earnings coming from their deep Champions League run. They might tender up to €20/25M plus add-ons. The striker opened to the destination in the early informal contacts.

Our Take on Inter and Balogun

Given the type of investment, he’d probably replace Romelu Lukaku and not Correa. The stiff competition and his valuation make him a far-fetched target for most Serie A sides, barring perhaps Milan. If the Nerazzurri open their wallet a little, it’ll likely be for Mateo Retegui.

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