Mikel Arteta Eyes Midfield Reinforcement with Balogun’s Funds

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Mikel Arteta, is reportedly considering bolstering the squad’s midfield options with the funds generated from the potential sale of Folarin Balogun.

The Gunners have already made significant moves in the transfer market, securing the services of Declan Rice, in a high-value deal. Despite having strong midfield options like Thomas Partey, Arteta remains focused on enhancing the team’s engine room

Folarin Balogun’s Departure Key to Reinforcement

Arsenal’s pursuit of a new midfielder hinges on the potential departure of Folarin Balogun. The 22-year-old has garnered interest from various clubs, significantly Inter Milan, AC Milan and Roma.

However, Balogun is reportedly inclined towards a return to France, with Monaco and Marseille also vying for his signature. Arsenal’s valuation of Balogun at around £40 million could provide the necessary financial impetus to secure a top-tier defensive midfielder.

Arteta further emphasized the importance of swift deals in the transfer market. He explained.

“Especially for the player and getting to the environment and getting set,”

Mikel Arteta Targets Nicolo Barella

In their quest for midfield reinforcement, Arsenal has reportedly shown interest in Italian international Nicolo Barella. The 26-year-old has been a linchpin for Inter Milan also playing a pivotal role in their Champions League journey. Furthermore, speculation suggests Barella could be open to a Premier League move.

Inter Milan has reportedly set a £68 million price tag for Barella. This substantial valuation reflects his quality and potential impact on the field. While the cost is significant, it aligns with Arsenal’s ambition to challenge for the league title and compete with the likes of Manchester City.

Barella’s acquisition could reshape Arsenal’s midfield dynamics. His arrival would bring a fresh perspective alongside the recently acquired Declan Rice. However, this could potentially mark the end of Thomas Partey’s tenure at the club.

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