Arsenal’s Balogun to join Middlesbrough on loan

Arsenal have agreed a deal to send striker Folarin Balogun on loan to Middlesbrough for the remainder of the season.

Balogun will undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of a straight loan to Championship side Middlesbrough, who will pay a portion of his wages.

The 20-year-old striker has not featured in the Premier League since August but remains a part of Arsenal’s long-term plans and signed a new contract in April which ties him to the club until 2025.


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Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder tried to sign Balogun – who was born in New York – back in 2020 when he was in charge of Sheffield United.

Balogun was also receiving interest from Europe, with French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne one of those who were monitoring his situation.

Balogun is not cup-tied, so would be eligible to play against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round later in January.

Nketiah free to speak with foreign clubs

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The Soccer Special panel get into a heated debate over the future of Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, with the 22-year-old set to be out of contract in the summer.

Meanwhile, there remains no change in striker Eddie Nketiah’s situation at the Emirates Stadium.

Nketiah, who scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup thrashing of Sunderland last month, turned down the club’s most recent contract offer and is now able to negotiate a pre-contract with a foreign club.

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Highlights of the Carabao Cup quarter-final match between Arsenal and Sunderland.

January is Arsenal’s last chance to cash in on the 22-year-old, although they would be due compensation even if he leaves on a free transfer.

A permanent sale in January has not been ruled out, although Nketiah’s services could be required as out-of-favour former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already left on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Gabon.

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