VIDEO. Soccer – Reims Stadium. Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun signs a one-season contract on Tuesday

After Liverpool (Sheyi Ojo), and Everton (Fraser Hornby) two major Premier League teams who had temporarily sold one of their developing strikers to the Rémois, Stade de Reims did business with Arsenal this summer. In search of a back-up 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 recruiters from the stadium have set their sights on Folarin Balogun.

England Under-21 Captain

A 21-year-old English international hopeful (7 caps, 4 goals) and under contract with the 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 agreed to a loan “.

At the Stadium, it is also believed that Folarin Balogun can complement Touré, while combining with the fast players van Bergen, Zeneli and Ito.

Born in New York City, the player who also has American nationality, attended the Reims – Sassuolo match (2-2) on Sunday. After the medical examination passed yesterday, he will initial his loan contract this Tuesday, for one season and without option to buy.

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