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Arsenal foils Chelsea’s attempt to sign Gunner Star with ‘total agreement’ on transfer

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Arsenal foils Chelsea's attempt to sign Gunner Star with 'total agreement' on transfer

In a twist of the Summer transfer saga, Arsenal has managed to thwart Chelsea’s bid to secure the services of striker Folarin Balogun.

The Gunners have reportedly reached a “total agreement” to sell Balogun to Monaco, dashing Chelsea‘s hopes of convincing the United States men’s national team star to move to Stamford Bridge.

Balogun’s impending move back to Ligue 1 follows a remarkable loan spell at Reims last season, where his stellar performance saw him shine as a standout player.

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Chelsea made a late push to lure Folarin Balogun to their ranks, hoping to persuade him to join their squad. Despite the Blues’ interest and Balogun’s willingness to consider the move, their efforts have fallen short.

READ ALSO: 7 Arsenal players ‘banished from first-team training’ by Mikel Arteta

The striker’s return to Ligue 1, as initially reported by RMC Sport and confirmed by multiple sources, marks his transition from Reims to Monaco.

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The 22-year-old’s impressive tally of 21 league goals during his loan spell caught the attention of football enthusiasts and experts alike.

Monaco emerged as the victorious destination for Balogun’s talent, securing a transfer that promises to bolster their forward line.

While the exact fee for Balogun’s transfer remains undisclosed, recent reports from Mirror Football suggested that Monaco’s initial bid for the American player was valued at £34 million.

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With a move to Monaco, Balogun will transition from a mid-table Ligue 1 team to a club that clinched the sixth spot last season and currently leads the league in the early stages of the campaign.

For Arsenal, parting ways with Balogun represented a pragmatic solution to manage their attacking resources effectively.

Arsenal boasts an array of attacking talents, including Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Leandro Trossard, and Kai Havertz.

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Balogun’s departure seemed inevitable, especially given the team’s overflowing attacking options. Notably, Arsenal included Balogun in their pre-season tour of the United States, but the timing was right for the club to capitalize on his value.

READ ALSO: Manchester United dealt severe injury blow ahead of Nottingham Forest clash

In a strategic move, Arsenal avoided the potential risk of selling Balogun to Chelsea, a scenario that could have come back to haunt them in future Premier League encounters.

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Balogun’s decision to commit to the move to Monaco eliminates the possibility of him returning to the Premier League with a rival club.

The young forward’s determination to not go on loan again played a role in shaping the transfer decision, as he expressed his commitment to his present moment and the path ahead.

Folarin Balogun’s football journey has been an intriguing one. Born in New York, he made his mark in Arsenal’s youth system.

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With eligibility to represent the U.S., England, and Nigeria internationally, Balogun’s allegiance has taken interesting turns.

His choice to switch to the U.S. men’s national team to pursue participation in the 2026 World Cup adds another layer to his football narrative. This move signifies Balogun’s strong commitment to the Stars and Stripes on the global stage.

The saga surrounding Folarin Balogun’s transfer has reached its conclusion, with Monaco emerging as the ultimate destination.

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Arsenal’s deft maneuvering prevented a potential rival from securing the young striker’s services, ensuring that Balogun’s future doesn’t pose a threat to his former club.

As he embarks on the next chapter of his career with Monaco, the football world will keenly watch Balogun’s growth and contributions to his new team’s success.

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