Folarin Balogun breaks another Ligue 1 record amid crucial Arsenal decision on his future

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Balogun faces an uncertain future at Emirates Stadium with a host of clubs interested in signing him.

Folarin Balogun has become the first Under-21 player to score more than 20 league goals in Europe's top five leagues this season.

The Arsenal striker, current on loan at Ligue 1 side Reims, has made 34 appearances in the French top flight this season.

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Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been tracking Balogun’s process while Ben Knapper, Arsenal’s Loans Manager, is in regular contact with the 21-year-old forward.

Balogun confirmed earlier in the week that he will represent the USMNT over England and Nigeria at international level - and on Sunday became the first USMNT player to score more than 20 goals in Europe’s top five leagues.

However, he faces an uncertain future at Emirates Stadium with Arsenal open to offers for the youngster and a sale likely if an adequate bid is received.

Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli are among the Gunners’ attacking options, with the focus on bolstering the midfield and defensive areas this summer.

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"There's discussions that need to take place and it's not a decision that will only be with me,” said Balogun when asked about his future in March.

“The club will let me know their point of view and I'm sure we'll come to an agreement."

RB Leipzig, Marseille and AC Milan are among the teams interested in signing Balogun, with the player determined to play regular first team football from next season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will push to sign a number of players this summer including West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, Brighton star Moises Caicedo and RB Leipzig defender Mohamed Simakan.

They are also interested in Romeo Lavia who has just been relegated with Southampton and is expected to push for a move away from the Saints this summer.

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