The 18-year-old powerful central-defender has reportedly signed a five-year deal in a transfer to Arsenal. However, the clubs are yet to agree a fee. St.Etienne are rumoured to want around £25m+ for their young talent, who played 16 games in Ligue 1 last season.
Solid and composed. Saliba averaged 40 passes per game last season. This is not only a high total to have from a central-defender, but also shows how comfortable he is on the ball. He only extended his contract in April, but Unai Emery seems confident on bringing his man in this summer.
He also averaged 2 tackles and 2.7 clearances per game; a testament to his all around game. Defensively solid.
If Arsenal are going to get him, they are going to have to use a large chunk of their quoted £50m transfer budget. And with Zaha also linked, it will be hard for representatives to make the most out of the money they have.
It’s hard to tell how Saliba will perform in the Premier League but, with potentially a season back on loan at St. Etienne, Saliba will have more time to develop.
The question lies: Arsenal fans, do you want him?
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