After Liverpool (Sheyi Ojo), and Everton (Fraser Hornby) two major Premier League teams who had temporarily ceded one of their hopeful strikers to the Rémois, Stade de Reims did business with Arsenal this summer.
In search of an understudy (or better) for El Bilal Touré, the only central forward in the squad – pending the return from injury of the Dutchman Kaj Sierhuis scheduled for the fall – the stadium recruiters have set their sights on Folarin Balogun.
England Under-21 Captain
21-year-old English international hopeful (7 caps, 4 goals) and under contract with the London Gunners until June 2025, this player presented as powerful, racy and technical, comes out of a successful six-month loan at Middlesbrough (Championship) where he played 21 games (3 goals and 3 assists).
” He is a player with potentialexplains Mathieu Lacour, quick and opportunistic. We have been following him for over two years. He was captain of the England Under-21s “. For the general manager of Reims, the good relations maintained with his agent and Arsenal, facilitated the process. ” Arsenal know our club which finished ahead of them in the ranking of the youngest teams in Europe and that of the youngest players to score at continental level. His managers had other options for the player, but signed up straight away for a loan with us “.
At the Stadium, it is also believed that Folarin Balogun can complement Touré, while combining with the fast players van Bergen, Zeneli and Ito. Balogun, born in New York, who also has American nationality, attended the match Reims – Sassuolo (2-2) on a Sunday. After the medical visit yesterday, he will initial his one-season loan contract on Tuesday, with no option to buy.