Fulham are now considering a move for Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun if Aleksandar Mitrovic leaves the club this summer.
That’s according to a report from the Daily Mail which shares more details about Fulham’s potential summer business.
Fulham have spent much of the summer fighting off interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia for some of their most important personnel.
However, their most important target appears to be Aleksandar Mitrovic and a third bid has been received from Al Hilal.
The club have to start preparing for life without Mitrovic if he does leave in the next few weeks.
Fulham are considering signing Folarin Balogun off the back of a brilliant season in Ligue 1.
He scored 22 goals for Stade Reims but doesn’t look set to feature regularly for Arsenal this season.
The 22-year-old could be handed a way out of the club and would almost certainly be first choice at Craven Cottage if he joins Fulham.
Fulham considering move for Balogun
The report states that Fulham are thinking of a move for Balogun but he’s currently rated at around £50m by Arsenal.
Given the latest Saudi bid for Mitrovic is roughly the same amount, it’s unlikely Fulham would spend the full amount on one player.
Folarin Balogun is a very different striker to Mitrovic, with new signing Raul Jimenez a much more natural replacement.
Balogun is a lethal finisher and brilliant runner but doesn’t have the same aerial presence as the Serbian international.
He would also be signed off the back of one very good season and hasn’t even been exposed to regular Premier League football.
Marco Silva is very good at getting the best out of players and improving his squad.
He’s also eyeing Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi who would need to be nurtured to get the best out of him.
However, he would need to change the way Fulham play to introduce Balogun to the side.
Fulham may also be considering Balogun because if he does thrive at Craven Cottage, his sell-on value would be enormous.
Given his age and ability, he could become one of the world’s best number nines in the future.
He would also add to the American connection at the club which isn’t a bad thing either.
Balogun is worth a gamble for Fulham, but only at the right price.