Football News, Bet tips, Predict and Win and Many More

Arsenal set to close £26.5 million for William Saliba

0
Arsenal set to close £26.5 million for William Saliba

Arsenal set to close £26.5 million for William Saliba

Arsenal are set to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne after agreeing to a deal in the region of £26.5 million ($33m) for the defender.

The teenage centre-back has been a priority for the Gunners this summer and he will now travel to England to put pen to paper on a long-term contract at the Emirates.

The north Londoners’ latest bid is an improvement on their original offer for the 18-year-old defender, amid suggestions that Tottenham were also ready to enter the race.

After sealing a switch to Arsenal Saliba will, however, return to the Ligue 1 club on loan for the 2019-20 season, rather than linking up with Unai Emery’s side straight away.

Arsenal had been keen on using the centre-back for the coming season, but Saint-Etienne insisted that the deal would not take place unless he spent another year at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

The Gunners ultimately agreed to ensure that they got a deal done for the highly-rated youngster rather than risk losing him to another of Europe’s top sides.

They also believe that another year playing regularly in Ligue 1 will ensure Saliba is ready to hit the ground running when he finally makes the move to England next summer.

Talks over the deal progressed significantly over the weekend – with both clubs now thrashing out the final details of the transfer, which will be Arsenal’s second of the summer window following the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli.

Advertisements

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.