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Arsenal in talks to sign William Saliba from Saint Etienne

William Saliba made 19 appearances for St Etienne last season
Image: William Saliba made 19 appearances for Saint Etienne last season

Arsenal are in talks to sign centre-back William Saliba from Saint Etienne, Sky Sports News understands.

It is understood that Arsenal are negotiating a deal which would see the 18-year-old loaned straight back to the Ligue 1 side next season, with the defender joining Arsenal's squad for the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

That deal would help ease the strain on the Gunners transfer budget this summer as they look to get transfers for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, and Celtic defender Kieran Tierney over the line.

William Saliba
Image: Saint Etienne's president says William Saliba will play in Ligue 1 for another season

Saint Etienne president Roland Romeyer said last week that the defender would be staying in Ligue 1 for another season.

"He will stay at the club this season," he said.

"It is an imperative condition should we come to an agreement for his transfer. It's also William's wish."

Saliba made 19 appearances for St Etienne in all competitions last season and was rewarded with a new contract which expires in the summer of 2023.

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