Arsenal close to agreeing Kieran Tierney loan as Monaco finalise Folarin Balogun transfer | Football | Sport

Arsenal are close to finalising an agreement with Real Sociedad that will see Kieran Tierney join the Basque club on a season-long loan deal. The La Liga outfit have emerged as surprise suitors for the Scotland international left-back, who could undergo a medical in Spain as soon as this weekend.

The move is not expected to include an option to buy but the Gunners will net a small loan fee with Real Sociedad covering the full-back’s wages.

Meanwhile, Monaco are in advanced talks to sign Folarin Balogun on a permanent deal after returning to the table with a second offer.

The Ligue 1 side are expected to pay in the region of £40m for the USMNT frontman, who was initially valued at £50m by Arsenal earlier this summer.

Chelsea recently launched a surprise enquiry for Balogun while Tottenham have also shown interest.

But now the 22-year-old looks set to return to the French top-flight where he netted 21 times in 37 outings last season while on loan at Stade Reims.

Both Tierney and Balogun have been training away from the main group at London Colney ahead of their respective departures.

Tierney was left out of the Arsenal squad that beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Monday night at Selhurst Park.


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