Recently, the US national football team has had a lot of problems, but one pleasant event did happen before the CONCACAF Gold Cup –
Reims striker Folarin Balogun decided to play for the US national team, preferring it over the English team, for the youth team of which he played last time. Thus, the US team immediately had a star forward, which has been lacking lately.
Folarin Jerry Balogun was born in New York to Nigerian parents, but when he was 2 years old, his parents moved to London, where he began playing football at Arsenal’s academy.
Thus, Balogun could play for the national team of one of the three countries – the USA, England or Nigeria. Folarin managed to play for the youth teams of the USA and England, but at the youth level he chose the English to change his mind and accept American citizenship and the opportunity to play for the US team.
The year before last, Balogu showed himself well in several matches of Arsenal, and for the new season he went to play on loan in the French Reims, where he revealed himself in all its glory –
Balogun scored 22 goals in a season in France and now attracts the attention of many European clubs, as Arsenal ready to sell it for good money. We have prepared five clubs that the new star forward of the American national team can go to in the summer.
He will make his debut for the US national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which starts on June 25. The American team will play in a group with the teams of Jamaica and Nicaragua. You can bet on the Golden Cup at the Pin Up bookmaker – it has not only the opportunity to bet, but also the Pin Up Casino with a large selection of games from leading providers.
Milan surprised the Champions League this season by reaching the semi-finals, but it was noticeable that the Italian giants lacked the depth of the squad to play consistently and claim the Champions League victory.
So far, Milan has officially expressed interest in signing Folarin Balogun, but for the Italian club, Arsenal’s requests may become a problem, which will certainly want to receive an amount in the region of 25 million pounds for one of the top scorers in the French championship.
Roma did not have a very good season in Serie A and lost the Europa League final – largely because the attackers were unconvincing – Dybala was often injured, and Tammy Abraham collapsed after a successful first season in Rome.
Abraham Roma plans to sell and she will have the necessary amount to buy Folarin Balogun. Interestingly, last summer Arsenal were just interested in Abraham and then Roma could get Balogun and a decent amount of money. Now forwards are quoted somewhere the same.
The striker can stay in Reims, where he was very comfortable. Yes, his club was in the middle of Ligue 1, but he has great prospects with young manager Will Steele, who has become another star of the season in Reims.
Here Balogun will play regularly and improve his level, and maybe in the new season the team will be able to shoot and break into Europe. There is one thing – Reims does not have money for a full-fledged transfer of the player and has to rely only on rent, while Arsenal is determined to sell the striker.
Who may have the right amount – it’s Marseille, who made it to the Champions League. Moreover, Olimpik is in search of a striker, since, apart from Alexis Sanchez, not a single striker scored consistently against Marseille last season.
Balogun is expensive for Ligue 1, but very promising and it will be possible to sell it for more in 2-3 seasons, besides, he has already adapted to French football and regularly scored here, including against Marseille.
Whoever has the money and the need to buy a striker is Brentford. The club from West London loses half a season of their leader Ivan Tony, disqualified for betting and may consider the option with Balogun. For the striker himself, this option is good because in the absence of Tony, he will definitely play, return to the Premier League and live in his almost native London.
Other London teams to consider include Fulham, Crystal Palace and recent Conference League winners West Ham. The Hammers will definitely have money after the sale of Declan Rice, besides, it is Arsenal who claims the West Ham defender and Balogun can go here as part of the deal, which will be beneficial for both Arsenal and West Ham, who have problems with the attackers. The Italian Skamacca did not play and, moreover, was injured.