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Folarin Balogun joins Monaco in permanent deal


Folarin Balogun is headed back to Ligue 1, but this time it’s in a permanent move from English Premier League side Arsenal.

AS Monaco acquired Balogun in a transfer from Arsenal, both clubs announced Wednesday. Balogun signed a five-year contract with the French club, which will run until June 2028.

Balogun enjoyed a stellar loan spell with fellow Ligue 1 side Stade Reims last season, leading the team with 22 goals. A lack of senior playing time at Arsenal led Balogun to seek a move away from the Emirates, with the 22-year-old making just 10 first team appearances in London.

Balogun excelled for Arsenal’s U-18 and U-21 sides while also spending time on loan in the English Championship with Middlesbrough. The New York-born striker also featured heavily for England’s youth national teams before switching his international allegiance to the United States last spring.

Balogun scored once in the USMNT’s 2-0 Concacaf Nations League Finals victory over Canada in June. He has earned two caps to date for the USMNT, both coming in the CNL tournament.

Balogun did not feature in Arsenal’s preseason friendly against Monaco back on Aug. 2 due to an injury.

AS Monaco has earned seven points out of a possible nine to start the Ligue 1 season. They will host Lens in their final match before the September international window.


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