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Arsenal have a greed to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne but what Jersey number will the player be given?
Arsenal have been in talks with Saint-Etienne to sign the player since last month but several disagreements had delayed the completion of the deal.
Tottenham also entered the race to sign the 18-year-old centre-back but he favoured a move to the Emirates, and he’s agreed to sign a five year with us, per Sky sports.
Arsenal are expected to pay his €30 million (£27m) with add-ons fee in installment because the youngster will return on loan to Saint-Etienne until the end of next season.
Saliba is scheduled for medical and when the deal is completed, he’d be the second summer of signing of Arsenal following the capture of Gabriel Martinelli.
Despite the acquisition of Saliba, Arsenal still looks threadbare in defence given the refusal Laurent Koscienly to travel to the USA with the squad for their pre-season tour.
Although, Emery has assured the fans that Arsenal are working on other deals, it is difficult to see the club sign another centre-half this summer,.
If Arsenal are able to keep Koscienly beyond this season, Saliba will join the club next season as his direct replacement.
Though still very young, Saliba is expected to slot into the first team of Arsenal next term and we examine his possible squad number.
4 – Saliba currently wears the number shirt for his club and 18 for France U19. Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny currently wears 4 for Arsenal but i dont see him remaining a part Arsenal next season. Saliba could be handed the shirt.
18 – The squad number currently donned by Nacho Monreal, who extended his deal this summer. He is unlikely going to relinquish this shirt.
3 – The shirt is available and may be kept until next season for Saliba.
6 – Laurent Koscielny has been linked with a move to Bordeaux but even if he does not leave this summer, he won’t be an Arsenal player next season. As a big centre-back, Saliba may be handed his shirt.
5 – Sokratis is a key player for Arsenal and this shirt will not be available