Ligue 1 side preparing £25m offer for Arsenal defender

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After enjoying such a successful loan spell with them last season, according to reports, Marseille are preparing to offer Arsenal £25m to sign defender William Saliba on a permanent deal.

That’s according to a written report this weekend from the Sunday Mirror (via The Boot Room), who say the Ligue 1 side are keen to bring the young Frenchman back to the Stade Velodrome in time for next season.

Saliba, 21, spent last season with Jorge Sampaoli’s Les Phoceens – a spell that saw the youngster’s stock rise immensely.

Although now heading back to the Emirates, it is likely that Saliba will be eager to learn what Mikel Arteta’s plans are for him next season.

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The red half of London paid Saint-Etienne £27m for Saliba three years ago and the 21-year-old is still waiting to make his first-team debut.

Failure to secure a regular first-team spot is likely to see the Frenchman’s career take a backward step, especially considering he featured in 36 Ligue 1 matches last season, but whether or not that means the Gunners will sanction a sale remains to be seen.

Arsenal fans – would you prefer Saliba to be given a chance under Arteta next season, or do you think now is the right time to part ways? – Let us know in the comments.

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  1. It’s now time to give saliba a chance otherwise we will lose him, what he did for marseille is enough to convince arteta that he deserves to be in the first line up for arsenal this season I am sure he has proven doubters wrong what I like about him is that he plays without pressure he is comfortable when the ball is at his feet he is a good passer arteta did well to send him out on loan it has paid off I know every one would want a player of his calibre in their team that’s the reason a lot of teams in Europe are showing interest to prise him away from London let our club tie him to a long future by offering him another long team contract. Thanks my fellow gunners fans that’s is my view on saliba.

  2. We prefer saliba to be given another chance at the Emirates next season due to his great effort he made for his current league one team the past season also making him defender of the season in league one. so i hope it will be a great help to the gunners next season.

  3. Need at least double what Marseille is offering. The kid is 21 and was named best young player in Ligue 1. Not just best young defender, but best young PLAYER. No way we sell him for less than what we paid for him (27mm pounds).

  4. Saliba needs to be back with Arsenal next year to be at least the 3rd cb who will play Europa, mid-week matches, and domestic cup matches. He’s too good and too young to let go before even giving him a shot.

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