Schalke 04 Favourite To Sign Long Term Target Leon Balogun For Free In The Summer

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Mainz 05 and Super Eagles of Nigeria defender Leon Balogun is closing in on a summer move with his contract set to expire in the coming days and no talks about an extension.

Balogun is in the final year of his three years deal with Mainz 05 and his form especially for the senior national team of Nigeria has provoked interest in his services from some clubs in Europe.

However Schalke 04 are the favourite to clinch his signature on a free transfer after a failed move to sign him last season, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.

Schalke 04 are pushing for a spot in next season UEFA Champions League and they view the 29 year old Balogun, who will represent Nigeria at the World Cup later in the year as a bargain signing as he will come for free.

Talks will reportedly get underway after the end of the current German Bundesliga season where Balogun has played just 13 games, with many suggesting his contractual situation led to the decision to play him less.

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Michael James