Arsenal ‘might cash in’ on £30m-rated striker after 17-goal campaign

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Arsenal face a decision over Folarin Balogun this summer following the striker’s impressive loan spell with Stade de Reims in Ligue 1.

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon admits he would be surprised to see Folarin Balogun remain at the club this summer despite his impressive loan spell with Stade de Reims in Ligue 1.

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough, scoring three goals in 18 games. He has netted 17 times in all competitions for Reims this term.

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Only two players have scored more goals in Ligue 1 with the Arsenal loanee boasting more league goals than both Messi and Neymar. However, Dixon believes Arsenal could sell the forward in the summer.

A number of clubs are reportedly interested in the player, but talks regarding his future are not expected to be held until after his loan spell concludes. He has also been linked with a move to Italy, with rivals AC Milan and Internazionale both said to be considering a move.

“There’s a huge difference between the Premier League and the league he’s playing in, and I mean huge,” said Dixon speaking to Betting Sites.

“He’s doing brilliantly well, he’s got to be in position to score the goals but the quality of the defending the quality of the matches that he’s playing isn’t top tier. You know, it’s a huge difference to where he holds his registration, which is Arsenal.

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“So they might have already made that decision, and it’s an added bonus now the fact that he’s scoring the goals. That pushes the price up and then they might cash in on him. I’d be surprised if he came back but that’s exactly what they did with [Eddie] Nketiah.

“He was out on loan, seemingly forever and came back and took his chance. So never say never! But he’s certainly hitting some headlines at the moment.”

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