Swansea City are reportedly keen on signing Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun on loan during the January transfer window according to Football Insider.
Balogun has caught the eye with some impressive showings with the Gunners in their Europa League campaign, although he has struggled for consistent game time in the Premier League.
The forward has made seven appearances in all competitions for the Arsenal first-team, and has scored three goals for Mikel Arteta’s side this term, but could be heading out on loan before the end of the month.
Balogun is behind the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, which could mean that he’ll be eager to find regular game time out on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The update comes after Swansea’s move for Southampton’s Michael Obafemi collapsed after the youngster picked up an injury in training recently.
Therefore, the Swans have turned their attention to signing Balogun on loan, although it remains to be seen as to whether any other clubs are interested in landing his signature.
We take a look ONE winner and ONE loser for Swansea as they prepare a move for Balogun in the January transfer window.
Find out who they are, below….
Winner: Steve Cooper
The Swansea City boss is certainly the winner if this deal goes through, as he’ll be getting a player that is eager to prove himself and force his way into the starting XI.
This would be Balogun’s first loan spell away from Arsenal, and if he can build on some impressive showings for the Gunners, then Swansea will surely be in the hunt to challenge for promotion into the Premier League this term.
Having competition for places is the ideal dilemma to have as a manager, and Cooper would be hoping that Balogun’s potential arrival will get the best out of all of his attacking options this season, as they push for a return to the top-flight.
Loser: Viktor Gyökeres
Gyökeres only signed for Swansea City on loan during the summer transfer window from Brighton and Hove Albion, but has struggled for consistent game time recently.
The forward has made 14 appearances in all competitions this term for the Swans, but has been behind both Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe in the pecking order in Steve Cooper’s plans.
If Balogun is to sign for Swansea in the January transfer window, then you would imagine that it would only push Gyökeres further down the pecking order, which would make him the loser if this deal went through.