It has been suggested that the US should make Folarin Balogun “a very rich man” like they did with Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes
The 21-year-old attacker, who is on loan from Arsenal to Ligue 1 team Reims and has scored 18 goals this season, is embroiled in a conflict over national loyalty.
Although Balogun is a resident of New York, he has been playing for England’s U21 team since 2021.
Balogun wanted by USMNT fans
There is still a possibility that he will choose the USMNT, as Eric Wynalda is looking to U.S. Soccer’s decision-makers to spend big money and give the most promising prospects access to chances typically only given to household names and NFL players.
Wynalda has told The Action Network’s Wondergoal Podcast of the battle for Balogun: “What do we have to do to get Folarin Balogun? That guy changes everything for US Soccer. He will feel he deserves Champions League football.
“He’s worthy of a big club. He’s having a phenomenal year. I hope he continues to score goals but I hope we see him in red, white and blue jersey.
“They’ve (USMNT Federation) got to throw the kitchen sink at him and make him a very rich man. We have to introduce him to some of our sponsors and make some commercials. That’s the way the world works.
“Look at Aaron Rodgers. Look at how much money that guys made with State Farm and at Patrick Mahomes. That’s the way we do things in America. I wouldn’t be surprised if the federation met up with his agent and offered to make him a very rich man.”
The USMNT was compelled to choose other attackers for their squad that will soon return to CONCACAF Nations League action. Balogun was selected to the most recent England U21 squad.