According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has managed to convince Folarin Balogun to pen a new long-term deal at the Emirates.
The teenager’s current contract expires at the end of this season. It looked almost certain at one point that the exciting young striker would leave the Emirates this summer as a free-agent, but it looks like Arteta has worked his magic.
The Arsenal boss has always remained positive that Balogun would stay. Even when everyone in the media reported that the teenager would leave, Arteta came out and claimed that he was still confident that the youngster would extend his deal at the Emirates.
He said in February: “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.” (The Mirror)
The report claims that after months of unsuccessful talks, Arsenal have finally found a breakthrough. The teenager will now sign a new long-term contract at the Emirates once a few final details are resolved, which is expected to happen very soon.
It is also claimed that Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City, Everton and Crystal Palace were all eyeing a move for Balogun this summer. Thank god for Mikel Arteta!
The Insider’s View:
Whatever your opinion is of Mikel Arteta, you’ve got to give the man credit for the way he handles contract situations behind the scenes.
The Arsenal boss played a massive role in convincing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay as well last summer.
The likes of Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard have also claimed that the conversations they had with Arteta convinced them to join us, which shows just how good the Spaniard’s convincing skills are.
Balogun will now have to push for a first-team spot even harder. It’s unlikely he will feature for the senior side this season, but with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both expected to leave this summer, a spot could open up for the exciting young striker next term.