Arsenal starlet Folarin Balogun is being linked with a move to Liverpool as his contract ticks towards its expiry date.

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The 19-year-old striker’s deal expires after this season and in just a matter of days, when the January transfer window swings open, he will be allowed to speak to clubs outside of England over a pre-contract agreement.

Arsenal will be desperate to avoid that fate with Balogun highly rated, but can they convince him to stay amid interest from the Premier League champions?

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We have rounded up all the latest stories on the young striker, which we will update as and when fresh updates emerge.

Take a look below.

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Fans spot potential Balogun clue

Balogun has provided a potential clue over his future on social media amid links to Liverpool.

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The youngster posted a handshake emoji on Instagram which was followed up by a crossed fingers emoji from Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones.

Of course, there’s only so much you can read into a short conversation using only emojis, but it still does not help Arsenal fans sit comfortably.

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Balogun and Liverpool's Jones share an exchange on social media
Balogun and Liverpool’s Jones share an exchange on social media

Liverpool eye move

Liverpool are said to be eyeing an audacious move to take Folarin Balogun away from the Emirates Stadium.

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Balogun is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer and has rejected previous offers for a new deal over a lack of first-team opportunities.

The 19-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League for the Gunners this season, having to settle for four Europa League appearances.

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According to The Athletic, Liverpool are now looking to tease him away from Arsenal, free to negotiate a deal from January, though Arsenal are expected to make another offer with other clubs also said to be circling.

What Arteta has said

After Balogun featured in the 4-2 win over Dundalk in the Europa League, Arteta gave his verdict on the youngster.

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“He’s done really well. Every minute he’s been on that field he’s been superb. Today he looked a threat again. He scored a goal, he set up another one and he looked really lively on the pitch.

“Well we’re having some discussions with the player. He knows that we want to retain him at the club.

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“We know the length of his contract at the moment is an issue but we’re trying to resolve it in the best possible way. We want him to stay. He said to me he wants to stay at the club so hopefully, we can reach an agreement and extend his contract.”

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Contract latest

Balogun is understood to have turned down contract offers from Arsenal over a lack of first-team opportunities.

The 19-year-old hasn’t featured in any Premier League fixtures so far this season, only appearing in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

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It’s understood Balogun wants more opportunities and could be willing to move on to get those opportunities.

With his contract set to expire in the summer, he is free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of England from January, but it’s likely Arsenal will once again try to convince him to stay.

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