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BREAKING NEWS: William Saliba reaches agreement with Arsenal

According to reports in France, St. Etienne defender William Saliba has agreed personal terms with the London side, fending off interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.

The 18-year-old powerful central-defender has reportedly signed a five-year deal but 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.

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. If Arsenal are going to get him, they are going to have to use a large chunk of their quoted £50m budget. Arsenal fans, do you want him?

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