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AC Milan Wants Balogun’s Signature, Amid Ongoing Contract Saga Between Him And Arsenal

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AC Milan are considering Folarin Balogun on a free transfer this summer but much depends on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s situation, according to a report.

 

Calciomercato.it report that AC Milan are looking at potential signings up front ahead of the summer, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract expiring.

 

The 39-year-old might still renew his deal and, if he does, Milan would look at a younger profile of striker. They’d want someone to learn from Ibrahimovic, taking over later. Their shortlist reportedly includes Folarin Balogun – whose own contract expires in June.

 

 

If Ibrahimovic leaves, Milan will look at a more experienced player instead.

 

To me, it would be a bit of a bizarre decision from Balogun to leave Arsenal to wait for a chance behind Ibrahimovic. I don’t really see how that’s different from waiting behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal.

 

 

Arsenal also have Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah (just as Milan have Mandzukic and Leao), but both players have deals expiring in 2022 and they could well leave the club in the summer. At that point, there’s clearly an opening for Balogun.

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Unfortunately, I’m not the one making the decision on Balogun’s future, and the grass in Milan may look greener to his camp.

 

He wants to stay: Arteta gives update on Folarin Balogun

Mikel Arteta is still positive that Folarin Balogun is going to remain with Arsenal beyond this summer, despite the player’s contract situation.

 

As most Arsenal fans will know by now, Folarin Balogun is only months from the end of his contract with the club. They’ve been in talks with him on-and-off for over a year, but without reaching an agreement on an extension.

 

The club are trying to hold onto him, to the extent that they didn’t sell in the summer or in January – risking losing him for a training compensation fee. Yet the rumours are growing that he’s set for an exit in the summer.

 

Mikel Arteta denies those reports, insisting he’s positive the striker will stay with Arsenal and still wants to be in North London.

 

“No, I’m still very positive that Flo is going to stay with us and it’s what we’re trying to do as a club, and it’s what I’m trying to do as a manager,” Arteta said.

 

“As far as I know from last week, the player wants to be here, so I’m positive. I think he’s made some big progress in a few months.”

 

Unfortunately, reports suggest he isn’t going to get further chances in the first team until he signs a new deal. That’s put the two parties in a bit of a stand-off, as Balogun doesn’t want to sign unless he knows he’ll get chances.

 

You can understand Arsenal’s position, as they don’t want to use up valuable senior minutes developing a player who wants out.

 

For the time being, Balogun is stuck trying to prove himself in the u23s – where he’s just earned a PL2 Player of the Month nomination.

 

 

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Livestream: Arsenal vs Villarreal CF

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Villareal Is Defending Everything Arsenal is throwing their way, Will Arsenal break their wall an bang in goals, it a question that needed an urgent response from the Gunners..

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Arsenal vs Villarreal – Line-Up, Formations Kick Off Time Confirmed

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It’s One Of The Most Entertaining Game Of The Season, One That Will Renew Arsenal Champions League Hope Next Season, Or Mar It.

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Just In: Arteta backs “hungry” Auba, Emery wary of his former “killer”

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Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “hungry to do something” after returning to full fitness following a bad encounter with malaria.

After ending the last campaign as the club’s FA Cup-winning hero, the 31-year-old club captain, fresh from signing a big-money contract extension, was supposed to be the talismanic figurehead as his manager’s project stepped up a gear. It hasn’t worked out that way.

While 15 goals and 3 assists are nothing to sniff at, our striker’s goal tally is way down on what Gunners fans have been used to since he joined from Dortmund in January 2018.

With teammates not exactly picking up the slack, the lack of killer instinct has cost the team dearly on the domestic front and hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now hang by a thread.

While a number of factors have played a part in Auba’s hit-and-miss performances – off-field issues and a lack of creativity around him certainly haven’t helped – Arteta believes his striker is in the mood to put things right.

“You know Auba’s character, he’s someone really lively, always joking, always smiling,” said the boss ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Villarreal.

“He had a difficult season so many of us as a club and a staff try to support him as much as possible the way that the team did as well.

“When he had some personal issues they were right behind him. As I said before football gives you an opportunity. He’s in a good place right now and he’s very hungry to do something.”

He added: “Everything affects but you have to come through that. It’s about how you react to the difficulties in your career which you’re going to have at some stage.

“He had some this season and it’s about showing the direction and the capacity to overcome that.”

The importance of delivering on the pitch tonight isn’t lost on Aubameyang. In fairness, he’s done pretty well in big games since he joined and this is certainly one of those.

Reflecting on the job at hand, he said: “I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully, we deliver again.

“For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game.

“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career.”

Having worked with him for 18 months, former boss Unai Emery is certainly wary of the striker leading Arsenal’s attack.

“Aubameyang is a killer,” said the Villarreal coach on Wednesday. 

“He was, he is and he will always be. He has been through a process of being out of the team because of the illness he has had but he is back.

“He is there to work, to defend the team and give everything for the team, hoping he can perform at the top level and if that happens he is going to be very difficult to stop.

 

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