Arsenal reject £3m Folarin Balogun transfer offer from Sheffield Utd as Gunners 'demand staggering £15m for 19-year-old'

 SHEFFIELD UNITED have been left stunned by Arsenal's £15million demands for teenage striker Folarin Balogun, reports claim.

The Blades are hoping to bolster their attacking options by signing the highly-rated youngster.

Balogun, 19, is seen as the perfect young option to come and challenge for first-team football under Chris Wilder's tutelage.

But according to the Mail, United have seen a £3m bid knocked back – because the Gunners want FIVE times that amount.

This despite the fact that Balogun has never played a first-team game, and has entered the final year of his contract.

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The England youth international will be free to speak to foreign clubs in January, with the Gunners only due a small compensation fee if he decides to move on then.

And a move abroad for the New York-born Englishman is believed to be becoming more likely.

Although Brentford had a £5m bid knocked back in January.

Balogun was prolific for Arsenal's Under-18 side, bagging 38 goals in 41 appearances for the young Gunners.

And his prowess has transferred nicely to Under-23s football, in which he has scored 13 times in 31 outings.

He also has three goals in ten England Under-18 caps, having previously represented the United States at the same age group.

Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp both failed to hit the net as Sheffield United slumped to a 2-0 opening day defeat to Wolves at Bramall Lane on Monday night.

And Wilder, 52, wants to add to his options that also currently include David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset and Oliver Burke.

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