Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun is heading to Germany after agreeing to join RB Leipzig, according to a report.
Football Insider exclusively claim that the 19-year-old striker has agreed a pre-contract with the Bundesliga side. Balogun will join the Germans in the summer, when his contract at The Emirates expires.
The news will come as a huge blow to the club, who had offered the rising star a new deal to stay in north London.
Instead England Under-20 international Balogun will become the latest star to leave England for Germany.
The striker has scored two goals from five appearances in cup competitions. Arteta was keen for him to commit his long-term future to the club, but feared his agent was trying to engineer a move.
“You need three parties to make a deal,” Arteta said. “For sure, the club wants to make a deal, the manager wants to make a deal, the player wants to stay and I’m not sure about the agent.
“I’m not saying he’s stopping [the talks progressing], it’s that we need to find an agreement with him.
“We are negotiating with an agent, with a player that wants to stay at the club and we need to find an agreement.”
Arteta: Crucial games ahead
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has talked up the importance of Arsenal’s next two games. He has called on his squad to make The Emirates a fortress again.
The Gunners needed extra time to progress past Newcastle into the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, but made it four consecutive wins and two in a row at home.
Crystal Palace are the next visitors to the Emirates on Thursday before the Magpies return on Monday. And the Spaniard is aware they must keep up their form if they are to be serious contenders for a European spot.
“I think the next two games are crucial to see the direction that we are taking and to reinforce all the things that we have improved on and the results that we are having recently,” Arteta said.