Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun is the subject of interest from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, who reportedly see the striker as an alternative target to Lois Openda.

The 22-year-old may be sold this summer following an outstanding season on loan at Reims in Ligue 1, given that he will not be a first-choice option ahead of Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah or Leandro Trossard.

Arsenal may demand a huge fee for the forward, who recently became a USMNT international, and he is being eyed up by a number of clubs across Europe.

BILD have now reported that Leipzig could turn to Balogun following a failed pursuit of Openda, and that Arsenal had initially asked for around £35m when they enquired about him a few months ago.

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Should Arsenal sell Balogun?

Balogun has two years left to run on his Arsenal contract, and this summer is providing an ultimatum for both player and club: either join the first-team, play regularly and sign an extension, or be sold.

A sale looks like the most likely option, and Arsenal may be better off cashing in whilst his value is high. They sold Joe Willock after an impressive loan two years ago, and may repeat the same deal with Balogun.

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Whilst he did impress on loan, Balogun is yet to stand out in an Arsenal shirt, albeit with limited opportunities at a young age.

Keeping an unsettled Balogun, with no guarantee of regular football, could disrupt the excellent squad harmony in place under Mikel Arteta, and if the player pushes for a move away, it would be best for all parties if he is sold this summer.

If significant offers arrive from abroad, then a sale with a sell-on clause would be outstanding business for Arsenal, who may not want to risk Balogun thriving at a rival club in the Premier League.

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