AFC Bournemouth may not know what division they will be competing in next season, or even when that season will be with the delayed finish of the 2019/20 campaign due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, but preparations for next season will be being made behind the scenes.
With Joshua King entering the final year of his contract this summer and following strong links with a move to Manchester United in January, it is widely believed that the Norwegian international could well be moving on from the Cherries irrespective of whether AFC Bournemouth will be playing in the Premier League or the Championship.
With wingers Ryan Fraser and Jordon Ibe having already left Dean Court at the end of last month, AFC Bournemouth will certainly be in the transfer market to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season.
Football Insider have reported that one potential target could be wantaway Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun.
The 18-year-old has reportedly turned down a long-term contract extension with Arsenal and is set to leave this summer, with Arsenal potentially looking to sell during the final 12 months of his contract to hold more sway over his departure. Due to his age, of course, a compensation fee would have to be paid in twelve months time if he were to walk away then, but that’s unlikely to be anywhere near the reported £5million Championship outfit Brentford offered in January.
Balogun was born in New York in the United States of America, but moved to London, England when he was just two-years-old, he joined Arsenal at age 10 and has been making his way through the youth system at Arsenal.
Last season he plundered 28 goals in 28 youth appearances, including 25 in just 19 games at Under-18 level. This season he has been playing in Premier League 2 and has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances for Arsenal Under-23’s.