Everton are now interested in Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun this summer, with the 21-year-old looking likely to leave the Emirates.

The ‘phenomenal’ talent spent last season on loan at French outfit Stade Reims and had an excellent campaign in front of goal.

Indeed, the USA international bagged 21 Ligue 1 goals in 37 games, with 22 goals overall in 39 outings. Such a return eclipses Lionel Messi’s output, with the Argentinean scoring 16 in 32 league games for PSG, with 21 in 41 games in total.

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Everton are desperate to recruit a player who can contribute regularly in front of goal, and as per reports in 90MIN, Balogun could be that player.

The Blues will face competition however, with the report confirming Brentford, Crystal Palace, Fulham and West Ham United are among those interested in his signature.

Balogun is exactly the player that Everton need, but likely can’t afford

The Gunners value the 21-year-old at over the £30m mark, and whether or not Everton have that kind of money to spend remains to be seen,

Indeed, a loan deal would be out of the question for the young man, who recently confirmed that his next move would be a permanent one.

When asked about his future, Balogun said: “What I can say is that I definitely won’t go on loan again. I’m not sure [about] the discussions that are going to take place, I’m not sure what’s going to happen.”

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The New York born star is clearly a talented individual and to outscore the World Cup-winning Lionel Messi is quite an achievement.

Indeed, only Kylian Mbappe, Alexandre Lacazette and Jonathan David scored more league goals than Balogun in the French top-flight last season, indicating a bright future for the young man.

Balogun would be a very exciting signing if Sean Dyche can lure him to Goodison Park this summer, and the Blues could finally land the goalscorer they’ve been after.