Arsenal are going to make a move for 18-year-old Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba this summer with him named as a ‘top target’.
Central defence is definitely an area the Gunners need to strengthen in the current window, and all stories coming out of the club suggest they plan to.
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Arsenal have been linked with players like Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) and Mario Hermoso (Espanyol), but Spanish journalist Kike Marin dismissed those links:
El central que quiere el #Arsenal NO es Hermoso del @RCDEspanyol ni tampoco Umtiti del @FCBarcelona_es No es español y juega en Francia… ? pic.twitter.com/D3DVUz5J4H
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) May 18, 2019
Rather, Marin insinuated the Gunners are in for teenage Ligue 1 defender William Saliba, of Saint Etienne:
That’s correct.. ? #Arsenal https://t.co/V74j454JRl
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) May 19, 2019
This has now been picked up by Charlie Watts at Goal who insists Saliba is one of Gunners’ ‘top targets’.
Prior reports have rated Saliba at around £25m, though the majority of existing reports have linked Manchester United with a move, and not the Gunners.
The young centre-back is very highly rated in France, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see other top Premier League clubs chasing him.
Marin’s record with Gunners’ transfer news has been a little hit and miss over the last year or so, calling some transfers correctly (Aubameyang, Leno) and others incorrectly (Banega, Dembele).
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Watts, nonetheless, surely appears to have connections.
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