Folarin Balogun has discussed how Thierry Henry affected his choice to transfer from Arsenal to Monaco for a fee of €40 million (£34 million/$43 million).
The American striker, who has represented his country at the international level, has returned to French football after a good loan stint with Ligue 1 team Reims last season during which he scored 21 goals.
Arsenal and claims Monaco have influenced his mindset ever since he first met Gunners legend Henry, who has played and managed at Stade Louis II. Balogun spoke on the official website of Ligue 1: “I chatted to him [Henry] before the games when I was young; he came to coach when I was maybe 14. Last year, when I played against Monaco, I messaged him ahead of time, and he was simply telling me about the club, its history, and how lovely the city is. That gave me the idea, and as time went on, it became more obvious that this is the next
Balogun demonstrated in 2022–2023 that he can be a great frontman by excelling at Reims and pledging allegiance to the USMNT. He now hopes to continue this success in the current season. On a breakthrough year, he continued, “Last season was my first professional football season. Yes, it was a significant season for me. I wanted to prove to people that I could play professional football, and I believe I was successful in doing so. In addition, this is my second season with a new club, so… A new task, but I’m excited about it and confident that I can have another successful season, which is my goal.
Balogun has a five-year deal with Monaco and will be looking to realize his undeniable potential there while also securing his spot in the American team in front of the Copa America and World Cup competitions that will be held on home soil in 2024 and 2026, respectively.