According to reports from the BBC, Arsenal are close to signing St Etienne defender William Saliba. Reports also suggests that Saliba has agreed a five year deal with the Gunners and the two clubs are only minor details away from concluding the deal.
Arsenal have recently been shafted over their transfer negotiations by the parent club of the player. One need to look no further than the disastrous Suarez/Barcelona deal, to see how the gunners have been squeezed in desperation and it appears that everyone senses that they are able to take advantage of their current circumstances.
Celtic are holding out for £25m for Kieran Tierney, who is without question a decent prospect, but the market has become drastically inflated and for an inexperienced, unproven player at the highest level, a valuation of £18m, rising to a possible £20m sounds far more reasonable for the 23-year-old.
Now, it’s Saint Etienne’s to hold Arsenal to ransom for the signature of 18-year-old William Saliba, who Arsenal are close to agreeing a fee of around £25m. It now transpires that Saliba’s club are insisting on a season long loan which takes immediate effect from the moment the player signs the contract for the 2019-20 season.
Emery wants to get the William Saliba in position for the start of the season, but rather than scupper the deal completely, Arsenal are apparently prepared to bite the bullet and allow the player to stay put.
That’s like nipping down to electrical store, buying a flat screen television and allowing them to use it for display purposes for 12 months. What the hell !
Saint Etienne president Roland Romeyer insisted that it was Sailba’s wish and was quoted in the Evening Standard as saying:
“He will stay at the club this season.”
and continued by saying:
“It is an imperative condition should we come to an agreement for his transfer.”
Well, that’s nice for them, but Emery has a collection of defective defenders with two left feet, one of them a giant German, so it’s not exactly ideal from Arsenal’s perspective. You don’t buy a car and let someone else drive it around for a while.
If this is remotely true, I hope they insure William Saliba heavily against serious injury because the last player we signed in the previous window wasn’t fit enough to serve tea and biscuit.