AC Milan target Nigerian striker as Olivier Giroud’s long-term heir

by | 7 November, 2022 | Serie A News

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud

The Serie A champions have relied on the aging Frenchman this term but are already looking to life after the ex-Gunner.

Italian giants AC Milan have set their sights on Anglo-Nigerian forward Folarin Balogun if reports coming from the country’s press are anything to go by.

According to Calcio Mercato, Milan are keeping tabs on Balogun as Olivier Giroud’s long-term replacement and could make a move for the Arsenal-owned forward next summer.

A World Cup winner with France, Giroud has enjoyed a brilliant time in Milan, helping the Rossoneri win the Serie A title last season.

The former Chelsea star continues to make a meaningful impact for AC Milan. He scored a stunning winning goal to help the Italian champions see off Spezia 2-1 on Saturday.

But at 36, the end is drawing close for an accomplished career that saw Giroud win numerous honours in France, England, and Italy.

The long-term heir of the former Gunner could, however, be another Arsenal star, with Milan considering Folarin Balogun as an option next summer.

Balogun has been impressive in France where he is currently on loan at Reims.

After finding it difficult to break into the Arsenal side under Mikel Arteta, the young striker is lighting up the French Ligue 1 with his goals.

Already one of the revelations of the season, Balogun has scored seven goals and assisted twice in 13 league appearances for Reims.

The 21-year-old would have high hopes of returning to Arsenal and making a career of it with his childhood club.

But with Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah prominent in Mikel Arteta’s plans, it could be difficult to make headway in London.

And for the right amount, Milan could be the next destination for the Super Eagles-eligible forward.