Sources: Arsenal step up talks on new Saliba deal


Arsenal plan to step up talks with William Saliba’s representatives subsequent week as they appear to agree a brand new long-term contract with the 21-year-old, sources have advised ESPN.

Arsenal triggered an choice to increase his present agreement to 2024 however are eager on securing the way forward for one of the crucial thrilling defensive prospects within the Premier League.

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Sources have advised ESPN that Arsenal’s final contract supply was rejected by Saliba and there stays a “significant difference” between the participant’s calls for and the membership’s present proposal.

Nevertheless, there’s a willingness to increase on all sides and the membership stay assured an settlement could be reached, with Saliba’s agent due in London for talks subsequent week.

Talking after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham, which prolonged Arsenal’s lead on the prime of the desk to eight factors, Saliba stated: “I am so happy here.”

“The club is speaking with my agent and me, the only thing I can do is [focus on my football]. I am so happy here.”

The France worldwide centre-back joined Arsenal for £27 million in 2020 however had mortgage spells at Saint-Etienne, Good and Marseille as questions grew over whether or not he would ever set up himself in north London.

Nevertheless, after being named Ligue 1 Younger Participant of the Yr final season, Saliba was given his likelihood this time period and by no means seemed again, beginning all 18 league video games for a workforce which has the second-best defensive report, behind Newcastle, in English soccer’s prime flight.

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