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Arsenal have stolen a march on Tottenham over the signing of French centre-back prospect, according to reports.
Saliba has been on the transfer radar of Arsenal since the start of the transfer window but talks became protracted over his impending move due to some contractual disagreements.
Emery wanted a quick fix for his back-line but Saint-Etienne insistence on a season long loan deal for the player stalled talks.
However, Arsenal have reached a £27 agreement to sign the 18-year-old defender albeit payment will be made in installments, leaving Arsenal with a huge chunk of their £45m transfer budget.
The Gunners are expected to sign another defender this summer to address the fragility at the back but the signing of Saliba is one that has thrown the club’s fanbase into a frenzy
Dubbed as the new Varane and standing at 6ft4, Saliba has played as a right back but he’s naturally a centre-back. He exudes so much confidence with or without ball and he does not shy away from tackles. He’s very good with aerial duels and he likes to instigate an attack from the back.
Saliba rarely makes mistakes, with him in the defence of Arsenal, we are bound to see charges at attackers. He has the composure genes that is apparently not in Arsenal defence at the moment.
Emery is certainly ruing the fact that he cannot get the player for this season but to agree a deal to allow him join us next season means he’s highly rated.
While we continue to drool over the player’s signing, mock up photos of the player have surfaced online, with him wearing our Jersey.