first_imgArsenal and Manchester United are battling it out for William Saliba (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are in pole position to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, according to reports in France.Saliba, 18, broke into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September and had an exceptional debut season in France, making 16 appearances for Jean-Louis Gasset’s side in Ligue 1.The Premier League’s top teams are already keeping tabs on Saliba and Saint-Etienne have slapped a €30million (£26m) price tag on the France Under-19 international.L’Equipe claims that Manchester United, Manchester City, Southampton and Watford are all interested in Saliba this smmer, but Arsenal are favourites to land the promising centre-back.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe report suggests that the Gunners ‘offer a framework’ best suited to Saliba’s development which could be enough to lure the youngster to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnai Emery, who only has a £40m transfer budget this summer, is prioritising a move for a central defender, with Kostas Manolas, Joachim Andersen and Mario Hermoso also linked in recent weeks. Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 4-1 loss to Chelsea in Europa League finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:05FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 4-1 loss to Chelsea in Europa League finalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-4-1-loss-chelsea-europa-league-final-1935292/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Inter Milan make huge bid for Nicolas Pepe but Liverpool and Tottenham remain in the hunt Comment Arsenal leading Manchester United in race to sign William Saliba Saliba had an impressive debut season for Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal full-back Lauren is convinced by Saliba’s potential after watching the teenager’s meteoric rise in France.‘Yes, he looks a very good player,’ Lauren told AmericanGambler.com.‘Strong, tall, can come out of the back with the ball and an international for France.‘He reads the game very well, which is important for a player at the back, you have to anticipate and he looks very good at just 18, so the future is bright!’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFormer United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also gave a ringing endorsement of Saliba last month.‘I think he has everything needed to become a good player, much like Kurt Zouma, who I signed,’ Mourinho said.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Jun 2019 10:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img

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