Folarin Balogun and Kieran Tierney are edging closer to departures from Arsenal, as per information gathered by football.london.
Balogun seems to be on the verge of a significant move to Monaco, with a fee of £38.6 million (€45 million) on the horizon. Monaco is expected to formalize this bid in the near future.
This comes after an earlier offer from the French club of around £34 million (€40 million) was rejected earlier in the summer.
Balogun remains a subject of interest for Fulham, Chelsea, and West Ham; however, none of these clubs have yet presented a formal proposal.
This potential transfer would signify Balogun’s return to Ligue 1, having had an impressive loan stint with Stade de Reims the previous season, where he netted 22 goals.
Monaco’s pursuit of a striker intensified following the injury of Breel Embolo, and Balogun emerged as a prime target.
Should this deal materialize, Balogun could become Arsenal’s highest-priced sale, eclipsing the £35 million they received for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2017.
On another front, Tierney is on the brink of securing a loan move to Real Sociedad.
While Mikel Arteta has consistently expressed his intent to retain the Scottish international, Tierney is seeking regular playing time and a chance to compete in the Champions League, both of which Sociedad can provide.
It is believed that Sociedad will cover the entirety of Tierney’s wages, which are rumored to exceed £100,000 per week.
Earlier in the transfer window, both Newcastle and Aston Villa had displayed interest in Tierney. However, Newcastle shifted focus to younger prospect Lewis Hall, while Villa refrained from placing a bid for the 26-year-old.
The anticipation is that a season of consistent appearances in a Champions League-caliber club could enhance Tierney’s market value ahead of a potential sale next summer.
The prospective exits of Balogun and Tierney would mark the initial two of seven departures that Edu, Arsenal’s Technical Director, is aiming to facilitate before the transfer deadline of September 1.
Arsenal remains receptive to offers for Nuno Tavares, Cedric, Rob Holding, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Nicolas Pepe.
Should these departures materialize, Arsenal is open to the possibility of a fifth acquisition following their summer signings of David Raya, Jurrien Timber, Declan Rice, and Kai Havertz.