Balogun Exclusive: Major transfer update on Arsenal sensation
Arsenal are weighing up whether to loan out Folarin Balogun this month, Football Insider understands.
This site revealed on Tuesday morning that Swansea City have enquired about taking the striker, 19, for the rest of the season.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that Mikel Arteta has yet to make up his mind whether to let Balogun go on a short-term deal.
This comes as the Gunners work on trying to tie the forward to a new long-term contract.
The England Under-20 international is highly-rated at the Emirates but is out of contract at the end of the season.
Arteta revealed to the media last month that the Gunners were in negotiations over a new deal but the length of a new contract was an issue.
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The Spaniard handed Balogun his senior debut against Dundalk in the Europa League in October but he is yet to feature in the Premier League.
Balogun has found the net twice in the five games he has played for Arsenal’s senior side.
The teenager is one of a number of Hale End academy graduates looking to make their mark on Arteta’s senior side.
Swansea are in the market for another striker having seen their move for Michael Obafemi collapse due to the 20-year-old picking up an injury.
Balogun has emerged as an option for Steve Cooper as the pair worked together while Cooper was the manager of England Under-17s.
The 41-year-old has taken advantage of his past with England to bring Conor Gallagher, Rhian Brewster, Marc Guehi and Morgan Gibbs-White to the Liberty Stadium in recent seasons.
Gibbs-White spent the first half of the season on loan in south Wales from Wolves but was recalled on Tuesday, as first revealed by Football Insider.