Arsenal have won the race to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.
Arsenal are on the verge of landing William Saliba from Saint-Etienne. The French International will sign a new five-year contract, but will be loaned back for the 2019/20 season.
The 18-year-old becomes the second addition of the summer transfer window, following Gabriel Martinelli to the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have managed to land a much-needed centre-back, but they will have to find a way to deal without him in the upcoming season.
Mohamed Bouhafsi, who works for RMC Sport, confirmed that William Saliba will join Arsenal ahead of their rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The Saint-Etienne defender attracted interest from Mauricio Pochettino too, but Arsenal have concluded a €29 million deal. The players’ entourage was to join the Gunners over the Champions League runners-up.
The young defender produced plenty of excellent displays in a breakthrough season, going on to make 19 appearances. In order to groom him for the demands of the Premier League, Emery loans him back to his former club, demanding him to come back with healthy top-flight experience.
Laurent Koscielny has stated his departure intentions to the club after spurning pre-season tour to the United States. The Spaniard has only Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding, and Konstantinos Mavropanos at disposal as he seeks to sell Shkodran Mustafi and Callum Chambers this summer.
The Gunners are also in talks with Real Madrid over a loan deal for Dani Ceballos. Reports stated that the Spaniard has decided to join the Europa League runners-up because of the game time. Arsenal accepted to sign him because of the nil automatic selling clause next summer after a loan deal.
Celtic have turned down two bids from Arsenal for Kieran Tierney. Left-back is a susceptible position after Sead Kolasinac’s second-rate performances last campaign. The club is hoping to sign him before the transfer window culmination.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
Arsenal & St Étienne agree €29m including bonuses deal for William Saliba – done deal. Breaking | William Saliba’s desire to join Arsenal over other interested. 5-year contract, loaned back for 2019/20.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 18, 2019
Arsenal set to win race to sign William Saliba. Close to completion after Saint Etienne centre-back opted for #AFC. Loan back to #ASSE next season. Also working on loan for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos & continue pursuit of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney #RMFC #CelticFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 17, 2019
William Saliba to Arsenal, here we go! It’s the final decision by the player, he’s going to sign for 5 years. Just confirmed by Arsenal, always been confident about this deal ⚪️🔴 #AFC #Arsenal #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 18, 2019
Breaking | William Saliba on rejecting Tottenham for Arsenal: “I am extremely happy, it is every young French boys dream to play for Arsenal. I just looked at the offer from Tottenham and laughed for 30 minutes, it is such a small club. I look forward to meeting you soon Gunners”
— Get Dench FootbaII News (@liIadiere) July 18, 2019
Breaking | Arsenal & St Étienne agree €29m including bonuses deal for William Saliba – done deal, according to @mohamedbouhafsi!
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 18, 2019
This news will come as a sweetener to the Arsenal fans, who were starving for a new centre-back.