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Reports: Two forwards could leave Arsenal in August to fund exciting versatile £40m signing

As the summer transfer window heats up, Arsenal, who have spent £200million so far, may not be done.

The Gunners are facing interest from top European clubs in two of their talented young forwards, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun. Both players are eager for regular first-team football, and the potential sales could provide the necessary funds to make further crucial signings to strengthen Mikel Arteta’s squad.

In this article, we’ll delve into the latest developments surrounding Nketiah and Balogun’s future and explore how their departures might pave the way for exciting new arrivals, including Ajax’s versatile star, Mohammed Kudus.

Balogun Attracting Inter Milan Interest

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Folarin Balogun’s performances have not gone unnoticed, and the young striker has been a subject of interest from Italian giants Inter Milan. According to reports by Football.London, Arsenal is seeking around £40 million for Balogun’s signature, reflecting the club’s belief in the player’s immense potential. The lure of playing in Serie A, along with the chance to secure regular first-team football, may prove enticing to Balogun, who has shown glimpses of his talents in limited appearances for Arsenal.

Nketiah on Crystal Palace’s Radar

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Eddie Nketiah, another promising forward at Arsenal, has caught the eye of Premier League outfit Crystal Palace. The Eagles made a bid for him back in 2022, which was rejected by the Gunners, as reported by Sky Sports. However, with the departure of Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace is determined to bolster their attacking options and sees Nketiah as an ideal candidate. According to a source close to the club on Twitter, Palace hopes to sell Jean-Philippe Mateta to free up funds for Nketiah’s potential arrival.

As Arsenal weigh up the options for Nketiah and Balogun, the club faces a crucial decision. Selling one or both of these talented forwards could provide a substantial financial boost that would enable them to pursue other transfer targets – but could leave the team short. With a potential combined transfer fee of £40million from Balogun’s sale to Inter Milan and Nketiah’s move to Crystal Palace (around £20million?), Arsenal would have significant resources at their disposal.

Mohammed Kudus: A Versatile Solution

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One player who has caught the attention of Arsenal’s management is Mohammed Kudus from Ajax. The Ghanaian international is a versatile talent capable of playing as a striker, winger, or central midfielder. His impressive performances in the Eredivisie and the Champions League have made him one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.

Chelsea are another club listed with interest, but reports suggest the player prefers a move to Arsenal, with the club in talks with the player for some time. Arsenal also have an active positive relationship with Ajax having bought Jurrien Timber for £40million from them earlier this summer.

If Arsenal can secure a deal worth around £40million for Kudus, it would be a significant step towards reinforcing their attacking options. Kudus possesses the flair and creativity to complement the Gunners’ attacking style, and his ability to play multiple roles would provide valuable depth to Arteta’s squad. He could provide more depth to cover Saka, Odegaard and even Jesus as the striker.

Only time will tell how this transfer saga unfolds, but it is clear that Arsenal’s decisions will have a significant impact on the club’s attacking force for the upcoming season. Fans will be eagerly watching to see how these potential sales and signings shape the team ahead of the upcoming season with so much still unknown and to be decided.

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