Arsenal are set to complete the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, according to David Ornstein of the BBC, arguably the most reliable journalist when in comes to the Gunners.
The fee that will see the 18-year-old centre-back become an Arsenal player is set at €30 million (around £27 million) which the club will be paying in installments. In that way they will ensure that the transfer doesn’t bear much influence on their budget for this summer’s window of around £45 million.
However, as a part of the deal, Saliba will immediately be loaned back to his current club, and Arsenal remain on the lookout for a player of a bit more experience for the same position, one that could perhaps make significant impact on the first team straight away.
Arsenal also remain in pursuit of 22-year-old full-back Kieran Tierney of Celtic, and they are keen on adding another central midfielder, and another winger. A number of reports linked the club with the likes of Yannick Carrasco of Dalian Yifang, Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth, Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, and more recently, Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid. The club have even had a £40 million bid for Zaha reportedly rejected, and Sky Sports now say that even the entourage of the Ivorian, who is keen on the move, don’t have much faith in Arsenal’s ability to afford his services with the Eagles not interested in any Arsenal player as a potential part of a swap deal.
Meanwhile, Ornstein also confirms that the appointment of former Arsenal midfielder Edu as the new sporting director is now imminent. Having won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups in the Arsenal shirt, the 41-year-old recently worked as the coordinator of his country’s national teams.