After William Saliba’s convincing season on loan, Olympique de Marseille would like to conclude their permanent transfer. Arsenal would not see a problem with it, provided they recover the amount paid when he signed in the summer of 2019.
Does Mikel Arteta really want to reinstate William Saliba? On several occasions, the Arsenal manager repeated that he was following the progress of his central defender during his loan to Olympique de Marseille. The Spaniard clearly hinted that he would see himself recovering it next season to finally give him a chance. But the rumors of recent weeks give a very different trend. In reality, the Gunners would not be against the final departure of William Saliba.
🔝Arsenal want about 30 million euros for the French defender 🛡️ William Saliba to leave the team permanently. 🔴#AFC
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— Ekrem KONUR (@Ekremkonur) May 13, 2022
Confirmation from journalist Ekrem Konur, who claims that the London club is asking for 30 million euros for the last two years of the Frenchman’s contract. A rather reasonable amount given the progress of the former Stéphanois. We could even talk about a good deal knowing that William Saliba had been recruited for 29 million euros in the summer of 2019, before his successive loans to AS Saint-Etienne, OGC Nice and Olympique. from Marseille. Since then, the young talent has kept his promises and now has the status of international tricolor.
Saliba too expensive for OM?
It is no coincidence that AC Milan and Atlético Madrid are announced among his courtiers. Nevertheless, the amount requested remains very high for Olympian finances. It is rumored that owner Frank McCourt is reluctant to put his hand in his pocket. And that the American would like to see his club finance his recruitment himself. In addition to Champions League receipts, at least if the Marseillais retain their second place in Ligue 1, player sales will probably be necessary to allow President Pablo Longoria to keep William Saliba.