Arsenal agree deal with Saint-Etienne to sign William Saliba

Carrie Guzman
July 20, 2019

The young St-Étienne centre-back William Saliba has chose to join Arsenal despite a late attempt by Tottenham to sign the France Under-20 global.

Once the transfer is wrapped-up, the report says Saliba will be immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the upcoming campaign so Arsenal will have to wait another 12 months before finally getting their hands on one of French football's most highly-rated defenders.

North London rivals, Tottenham, are also thought to be keen on landing the teenager.

He is then due to travel to England for his medical before completing his move to the Emirates.

Arsenal were set to announce a deal for the young Frenchman last week, only for Spurs to nip in with a bid at the last minute, which caused a delay to proceedings.

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There were fears they could lose him at the last minute after Spurs launched a late move for the defender, but Saliba's preference was always to join Arsenal. Here, William Saliba is set to join Arsenal....

Arsenal have already signed 18-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli and are chasing deals for, Wilfried Zaha, Everton Soares and Kieran Tierney.

Despite being just 22-years-old, he has already won virtually everything that there is to win in Scottish football and has already previously captained both Celtic and the Scotland national team.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has reportedly admitted that his star left-back Kieran Tierney is similar to former Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and stated that he would like to keep hold of the Scotsman despite the fact that Arsenal is interested in his signature.

Arsenal's second offer did total £25m, but Celtic were unhappy with the structure of the deal - which included around £7m ($9m) worth of bonuses.

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