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Arsenal transfer news: Saint-Etienne president confirms William Saliba will sign for the Gunners but will return to Ligue 1 on loan

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Saint-Etienne’s club president has confirmed that Arsenal will sign William Saliba.

The Gunners are set to beat Tottenham to the 18-year-old’s signature.

Saliba is regarded as one of the brightest young players in Europe
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It had been reported earlier this week that a five-year deal had been agreed with the centre-back.

Spurs are thought to have made a late move for Saliba but he will instead join their rivals.


The transfer fee reported has been £27million and it was expected that he would stay at Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 season.

Club president Bernard Caiazzo confirmed that everything is going through with the Gunners and he will be loaned straight back.

Speaking to Le Progres, Caiazzo said: “Everything is on track with Arsenal.

“William will spend next season with us.”

The French publication also claimed that the clause keeping Saliba at the club next season was considered non-negotiable by the Ligue 1 side.

Unai Emery is in desperate need of a centre-back who can make an immediate impact at the club but that did not deter them from trying to get the teenager.

Club captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel on their pre-season tour of the United States and is seeking a move away from north London.



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