Monaco are plotting a double transfer swoop to sign Arsenal stars as Mikel Arteta makes clear decision

Monaco are plotting a double transfer swoop to sign Arsenal stars Folarin Balogun and Albert Sambi Lokonga. The Gunners have already rejected a bid from the French outfit for Balogun understands.

Balogun has already shown his capability in French football after scoring 22 goals during a loan spell with Stade de Reims last season. Monaco are keen to bring in a striker after Swiss forward Breel Embolo suffered an ACL injury in pre-season. They are among a number of teams interested in Balogun, though.

Arsenal are understood to be willing to let Balogun go at the right price, understands. This is despite the fact that Gabriel Jesus has been ruled out for a few weeks following knee surgery.

“The plans with Flo don’t change at all but unfortunately with Gabby we’re not going to have him,” Mikel Arteta said after the win over Monaco last week. “We have other options to play with different qualities of players and we will adapt.”

Balogun is looking to play regular first team football this season and Arteta has made it clear that he is not in his plans at present, balogun was left out of his matchday squad for the opening Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest. Albert Sambi Lokonga was also left out of the squad and is expected to be loaned out or sold this summer.

Monaco are interested in signing the Belgian midfielder, according to Sacha Tavolieri. Lokonga spent the second half of last term on loan at Crystal Palace and had been linked with a move to Burnley this summer.