William Saliba is one of Europe’s most exciting young defenders. He featured 16 times for Saint-Étienne at just 17 years of age last season. It was therefore no surprise Europe’s top sides were interested. In particular, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur
The Gunners managed to seal a £27 million deal for the Frenchman on the condition he would return to France on loan the following season. We did an article on him at the time with what he would bring to the Emirates.
Now pocketing Ligue 1 strikers at 18 years of age in 2019/20, Saliba might not play in North London at all. That’s because he’s reportedly caught the eye of Real Madrid.
Defensa Central have reported Los Blancos are watching the defender closely, with Zinedine Zidane an admirer of Saliba. Without question, the Spanish capital would be an upgrade on Arsenal. No offence Gunners fans. But the likelihood of the London side accepting a bid for a defender they worked so hard to sign and were willing to wait a year for, isn’t high.
Would the move benefit William Saliba?
Also, the better Saliba plays for Les Verts, the higher his market value will be. Don’t be surprised if the Arsenal hierarchy will demand close to £100 million for their exciting prospect. Prices are ridiculous nowadays.
Moreover, it’s not like the former European Champions are flying high at the moment. Moves for Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, etc haven’t exactly gone to plan so far. So perhaps solving Arsenal’s defensive issues might be a good start for the 18 year old rather than be thrown into the deep end at the Bernabeu.
Hypothetically, let’s say Real Madrid are willing to pay ridiculous money for William Saliba. As Arsenal, do you accept it? Or do you stay firm on a defender capable of fixing your back line for years to come? Let us know on Twitter below!
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