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Folarin Balogun has made a key Mikel Arteta demand as new Premier League club 'register interest'

Folarin Balogun has made a key Mikel Arteta demand as new Premier League club 'register interest'

Balogun has made a Mikel Arteta demand.

Folarin Balogun has made a key demand to the Arsenal hierarchy amid interest from Inter and several Premier League rivals.

Arsenal have spent some £200million this summer as they look to go one better than last term's second place Premier League finish.

The Gunners spent a club-record £105million on Declan Rice, as well as £65million on Kai Havertz and £38million on Ajax's Jurrien Timber.

While Mikel Arteta has hinted at more signings this summer, the Premier League outfit are looking to sell before re-entering the market.

One player that appears set to leave is academy graduate Balogun, who netted 21 goals while on loan at Ligue 1 side Reims last term.

While the 22-year-old is eager to leave, given he is behind Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus in the striker pecking order, his suitors appear to have been put off by Arsenal's reported £45million asking price.

Balogun's Arsenal request

According to Ben Jacobs the US international has asked the Gunners to drop their asking price and sanction a move away from the club.

Moreover, Jacobs noted that West Ham were among several Premier League clubs interested in the player.

The journalist tweeted: "Folarin Balogun has asked Arsenal to drop their asking price. He's already said he won't go out on loan. Inter felt £45m was too high and have now bid for West Ham's Gianluca Scamacca. They haven't entirely ruled out signing Balogun, though.

"Balogun feels Arsenal have added £10m extra to fee and it's pricing him out the market. #AFC argue their valuation is more than fair given his 22 goals last season at Reims and potential. Some at the club want £50m as a minimum.

"Keep an eye on West Ham. They haven't moved for Balogun yet but do like the player. Multiple Premier League have enquired."

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Topics: Football, Transfers, Premier League, Arsenal, Inter Milan