According to 90min, Everton has expressed an interest in signing Folarin Balogun, who is on loan from Arsenal to Reims and has been in sensational form this season, scoring 18 goals.
As reports the GN, the 21-year-old is reportedly keen to secure first-team assurances from Arsenal for next season, and will hold talks with the club about his future. Other Premier League clubs, including Brentford, Leicester, Wolves, and Crystal Palace, are said to be monitoring Balogun’s situation but may be put off by his £30 million price tag.
Everton, however, may be able to afford the fee, given the potential windfall from the sale of players such as Anthony Gordon, Richarlison, and Moise Kean. Balogun could be the perfect solution to the club’s longstanding striker issue, with Kevin Thelwell, Everton’s director, expected to identify a long-term replacement for the injury-prone Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the summer transfer window. However, the club’s immediate priority is to survive in the league over the next few weeks.
Aside from his impressive goal record, Balogun also averages 3.3 shots per game, a figure that surpasses that of any of Everton’s current strikers, making him an ideal solution for the club’s attacking problems. Moreover, given his young age, playing style, and potential to become a star, the £30m price tag appears to be a steal, particularly when considering the exorbitant fees being paid for some of Europe’s top strikers currently. Therefore, this is a chance that Everton must not overlook.