Arsenal could beat Manchester United to William Saliba signing in coming weeks

first_img Comment Arsenal could beat Manchester United to William Saliba signing in coming weeks Advertisement Arsenal could beat Manchester United to William Saliba in the coming weeks (Picture: Getty)Arsenal could wrap up a deal to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba in the coming weeks, according to reports in France.Saliba broke into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September and the 18-year-old had an outstanding debut season, helping Jean-Louis Gasset’s side to a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1.Both Arsenal and Manchester United have registered a strong interest in Saliba and the centre-back is open to making the step up to the Premier League this summer.Saliba’s agent hinted that the youngster could be on his way to Old Trafford after he was spotted in Manchester at the weekend, but it appears Arsenal are now favourites to win the transfer race.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLe 10 Sport claims the Gunners are in advanced discussions with all parties and talks are progressing so well that it’s possible an agreement will be reached in the ‘coming weeks’ for the France Under-19 international.Saint-Etienne have requested that Saliba returns to them on loan next season, but Emery is not prepared to wait another year for defensive reinforcements after Arsenal shipped 51 goals in the Premier League.It’s understood Saint-Etienne have slapped a €30million (£26m) price tag on Saliba, with Watford and Southampton also interested in the teenager. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 12 Jun 2019 7:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Saint-Etienne have set an asking price of £26m for the French centre-back (Picture: Getty)Emery only has around £40m to spend on new recruits this summer and the Spaniard has prioritised signing a central defender.Former Arsenal full-back Lauren is convinced by Saliba’s potential after watching the teenager’s meteoric rise in France.‘Yes, he looks a very good player,’ Lauren told ‘Strong, tall, can come out of the back with the ball and an international for France.‘He reads the game very well, which is important for a player at the back, you have to anticipate and he looks very good at just 18, so the future is bright!’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesSaliba has also earned Jose Mourinho’s praise after an impressive string of performances towards the end of Saint-Etienne’s Ligue 1 campaign.‘I think he has everything needed to become a good player, much like Kurt Zouma, who I signed,’ the former Manchester United and Chelsea manager said.MORE: Arsenal confident of beating Bayern Munich to £25m summer signinglast_img

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