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Sheffield United believe they can secure a deal for Folarin Balogun after Arsenal indicated they are ready to sell the highly rated forward, according to Yorkshire Live.

The fact the Gunners want £15 million for a teenager yet to make his first-team debut speaks volumes about the Englishman’s vast potential.

The Daily Mail reported last week that Sheffield United hoped a £3 million bid would be enough for a 19-year-old who will be a free agent next summer.

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But, despite uncertainty surrounding Balogun’s contract situation, Arsenal have made it clear they want closer to £15 million.

There appears to be a growing belief, on Sheffield United’s part at least, that the hurdles can be overcome before the 5 October deadline.

Reports from the Steel City say Blades chief executive Stephen Bettis has talked to his Arsenal counterparts, including Edu Gaspar.

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The talks are understood to have been constructive, with Sheffield United increasingly hopeful after the London giants indicated they would be ready to sell.

Sheffield United have lost their past five Premier League games and, despite finishing in the top half last term, scored only 39 times in 38 games. Blades boss Chris Wilder has made it clear he wants more firepower.

However, as the Dominic Solanke situation shows, not every talented young forward is capable of taking his remarkable form at reserve level into the senior game.

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Arsenal’s record transfer deals

  1. Nicolas Pepe

    £72 million

  2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    £56 million

  3. Alexandre Lacazette

    £52 million

  4. Mesut Ozil

    £42 million

  5. Shkodran Mustafi

    £35 million

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