Agreement reached with Arsenal and Emery all set to welcome impressive new signing Saliba?
There has been some reports in the media which have suggested that Arsenal have agreed a €30m fee for defender William Saliba, according to RMC Sport’s journalist, Mohamed Bouhafsi.
Breaking into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September, Saliba had an outstanding debut season in France and caught the attentions of the Premier League’s elite with his performances.
Gunners boss Unai Emery have been keeping close tabs on Saliba’s progress and reports this weekend claim that Arsenal are looking to hold talks over a possible deal for the centre-back.
Saliba, who is valued at around €30 million (£26m) by Saint-Etienne, has also impressed the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham over the past 12 months.
The Ligue 1 club are said to be open to selling the 18-year-old Frenchman this summer, but only if an interested club stumps up around €30m and then loans him back for the upcoming season.
And it seems that the Gunners have finally won the race to sign the promising 18-year-old, with Mohamed Bouhafsi claimibg that he has agreed to make the move to London, but not right now.
The snag to the deal is that Saint-Etienne want to keep the defender on loan, as they are keen to keep hold and the defender is keen to do according to president Roland Romeyer.
Romeyer told Get French Football News: “William is under contract with Saint-Etienne until 2023.
“He likes it here and wants to play European football with the club that grew him at youth level. I understand that he is a wanted man due to his talent and the qualities that he showed last season.
“We are under no obligation to sell him to another club, nor are we in some urgent financial situation.”
Emery needs some world class centre-backs to come in and improve the squad and if he gets the money to get big deals done, he should.
However, Saliba does have the physical attributes to adapt to the Premier League and for the £27 million that he may be sold for this summer he could be an absolute bargain.
So rather than letting another deal slip through their fingers, the Gunners should pull their finger out and wrap up this deal, as they need to improve that back-line at some point this summer.
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