Arsenal’s William Saliba is set to join Nice on loan until the end of the season.
The Ligue 1 club will not have an option to make the move permanent as Mikel Arteta’s side see the defender as a part of their long-term plans.
Saliba joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne for around £27m in July 2019 but remained on loan at the French side for the 2019/20 season.
The 19-year-old was set to return to Saint-Etienne for the current campaign in October but a deal failed to materialise, with the French side accusing Arsenal of reneging on an agreement on Deadline Day.
Instead, Saliba stayed with Arsenal, but he is yet to make his first appearance for the club and was left out of their squad for the Europa League group stages.
The Gunners hope Saliba’s return to France will provide him with some valuable experience before competing for a first-team place next season.
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