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Arsenal Talks for William Saliba Progressing Well as Saint-andAtilde;andpermil;tienne Set Demands for Transfer

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Arsenal have made advances in their pursuit of Saint-Étienne defender William Saliba and talks between the two clubs are going well.

With Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal ageing, and Shkodran Mustafi unconvincing, Arsenal should be inclined to spend a significant portion of their transfer budget on defensive reinforcements.

Unai Emery will be desperate to improve his defence, having conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season - more than Everton and Newcastle.

Conceding 54 Premier League goals last season, the Red Devils arguably need reinforcements even more desperately than Nevertheless, it is the Gunners who remain in pole position to sign the French wonderkid.

Saint-Étienne also want to take Saliba back on loan for the 2019/20 season, ensuring the loss would not be so significant in the short-term.

Similarly to Kurt Zouma's switch to 2014, a loan back would allow the player time to develop in a less pressured environment and in familiar surroundings.

According to the Gunners have been keeping tabs on the 18-year-old French centre back and progress is being made, with the report stating a deal could be completed in the coming weeks.
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