Published: Sun, July 21, 2019
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Arsenal agree deal with Saint-Etienne to sign William Saliba

Arsenal agree deal with Saint-Etienne to sign William Saliba

Saint-Etienne chairman Bernard Caiazzo has confirmed that William Saliba is on course to join Arsenal and be loaned back to the French club for the 2019/20 season.

Saliba is now away with Saint-Etienne in the United States and will return to Europe after the French side's game against Marseille on Sunday.

And Arsenal's decision to loan the teenager back to Saint-Etienne should give them extra flexibility in the transfer market this summer.

"William Saliba's medical with Arsenal will occur on Tuesday", tweeted RMC reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi.

There were fears they could lose him at the last minute after Spurs launched a late move for the defender, but Saliba's preference was always to join Arsenal.

Like Arsenal, Madrid are already in the United States and will take on Bayern Munich on Sunday in Houston.

The former has been a target for the majority of the summer while Ceballos' stock grew following Spain's victory at the U21 European Championships. Perhaps surprisingly, the youngster will rejoin Saint-Etienne on loan for the entirety of next season, despite a lack of options at the back now available to Emery.

Celtic have rejected Arsenal's latest bid for left-back Kieran Tierney, Sky Sports News understands. It may sound pedantic on our end but it's a clear indicator of this guys mindset when he's wheeled out to talk about Celtic when he's watched more mid-table bore fests in the Premier League than Celtic games since he retired.

Arsenal's second offer did total £25m, but Celtic were unhappy with the structure of the deal - which included around £7m ($9m) worth of bonuses.

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Earlier, Arsenal captain and French defender Laurent Koscielny gave manager Unai Emery a bit of trouble in the pre-season, by refusing to train with his teammates in the U.S. before the 2019-20 campaign.

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