According to Calciomercato, AC Milan are eyeing Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun in case Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves this summer.
It’s claimed that Milan’s attacking plans hinge on whether Ibrahimovic decides to stay at the club, with a young striker wanted if he leaves.
The 39-year-old won’t be easy to replace, and few really have his character and quality, as he has still racked up 16 goals in 18 games this term.
The report names a host of players, including AZ Alkmaar’s Myron Boadu, Brian Brobbey of Ajax and even former Arsenal attacker Donyell Malen, currently with PSV Eindhoven.
Another target is Balogun though, and he is particularly appealing because he is in the final six months of his contract with the Gunners.
Balogun is able to sign a pre-contract agreement elsewhere now, and Arsenal can’t do anything to stop him from leaving if Milan swoop.
They should still be looking to give him a new contract, but if Milan can offer a pathway to first-team action that Arsenal can’t, he could move on.
Balogun, 19, has made five first-team appearances this season, all as a substitute, but has bagged two goals and one assist in that time.
Milan would still have to pay minimal compensation for Balogun, but Arsenal should be sweating at the prospect of losing him now Milan are in the race.