Arsenal-owned defender could join Ligue 1 club outright

In spite of being far down the pecking order at the Gunners at the beginning of the term, the 20-year-old star has starred during a loan spell back in France.

Marseille chairman Pablo Longoria has suggested that he’ll attempt to sign the France and Arsenal defender William Saliba permanently.

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He has played in all but one of Les Olympiens’ 26 matches in Ligue 1, playing in a side which currently occupy the second position in the table.

If the latest reports are to be believed, William may be given an opportunity at his parent club during the next season, but it appears that Pablo is ready to pounce should the pertinent parties be able to agree to terms over a transfer.

Speaking to La Provence, he said: “It’s a three-way question. For the club that owns the player, Arsenal, the player and Marseille. We have to see our possibilities. He is very happy here, we are very satisfied with his performance.

“William is one of the best young defenders I have seen in my career. After all, everything depends on the three parties. It’s a matter of market value.”

The talent possesses a contract at the Emirates until 2024, realistically leaving the English side to act if they are keen to retain his increasing market value.