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‘The Most Arsenal Thing’ ‘But We Need Someone Now’ Fans On Social Media Frustrated By Clause In Arsenal’s £27m Transfer

Arsenal are close to finalising a deal for Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba, according to TF1.

The French TV station reports that a €30m (£27m) fee has been agreed but the 18-year-old will spend next season with the French club on loan.

Supporters on Twitter can’t understand why the Gunners would agree to a loan back clause considering the club’s defensive problems:

It may be the case that the only way Saint-Etienne would let Saliba leave is if he was to be loaned back to the club.

Arsenal may have seen it as a price worth paying for securing one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe. He has also been tracked by Tottenham.

Fans will be hoping that if Saliba is signed that the fee is not paid upfront so some of this season’s transfer budget will be used on a centre-half who can join the club this summer instead.

The Gunners have only made one signing so far during this transfer window, with Gabriel Martinelli having joined from Brazilian club Ituano.

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