It is no mystery that Everton are looking to sign a striker this summer. Most of the transfer news originating these days sees the Toffees linked with strikers. The latest name to be associated with a move to Goodison Park is Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun.
Everton must have reliable goalscorers in their squad going into next season. One of the biggest reasons why EFC were in a relegation battle was their inability in the attack. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured, the Merseysiders operated most of the season without a recognized striker leading the front line.
Neal Maupay’s inconsistent displays did not help Everton’s case. Sean Dyche does not want to risk going into the next season without a potent forward, nor does he want to gamble on Calvert-Lewin’s fitness. EFC will look to sign two forwards this summer.
Everton in contact with Arsenal for Folarin Balogun
According to 90min, Arsenal have told the entourage of Balogun to find him a new club this summer. The Arsenal academy graduate spent the last season on loan at Stade Reims where posted some breathtaking numbers, catching the eye of many clubs across Europe. At Reims, the 21 year old netted 21 Ligue 1 goals in 37 games, becoming the joint fourth highest goal getter in the French league.
Balogun recently addressed his future and made it clear that he wouldn’t like to go on another loan. However, the 21 year old forward is unlikely to get a shot in the Arsenal first team. A permanent departure should be the most likely scenario with clubs already enquiring about the USMNT ace.
Balogun has rejected the chance to discuss a new contract and as a result his agents have been told to find a new club this summer. Everton have already made contact to sign the 21 year old but they are not the only English side to hold interest in Balogun. Crystal Palace, Fulham, West Ham United and Brentford are also admirers of the Arsenal striker but he won’t be available for cheap.
The Gunners value him at £30 million which could prove to be a stumbling block for the Toffees given their poorly maintained finances. LOSC Lille might consider Balogun as a Jonathan David replacement should he leave this summer. All in all, there is a long list of clubs that want Balogun’s signature.
Everton do not have the financial power to compete with the aforementioned clubs nor can they offer European football which some of the aforementioned clubs can.
Do Everton have a realistic chance of signing Folarin Balogun?