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Report: Arsenal yet to discuss new contract with Saliba ahead of loan exit

Arsenal have not discussed a new contract with William Saliba as he closes in on a loan move to Marseille, according to David Ornstein.

Saliba’s current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2024. However, the journalist claims that the Gunners defender still remains a big part of the club’s long-term plan.

Marseille have agreed on a season-long loan deal with the north London giants. It doesn’t include an option to sign the player on a permanent deal, contrary to some reports.

The French side beat off competition from Ligue 1 champions Lille and Newcastle United to sign the 20-year-old.

Having been away for each of the last two seasons, the France youth international was hoping to compete for a place in the side. However, with Ben White closing in on a transfer, it was thought he would benefit from a loan spell.

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Saliba contract news baffling

The news that Arsenal haven’t discussed a new contract with Saliba as he closes in on a temporary switch is baffling.

When the Frenchman returns next summer, he will have just two years left on his deal. No matter how well he performs, his value will no doubt be lower in the eyes of potential suitors.

And with the likely arrival of yet another right-footed centre-half in White, competition will be sky-high.

Saliba’s place in Arsenal’s squad will depend on both his and potential arrivals’ performances. Should he flop, the club may well look to sell him, at a time when his lowered value would come into play.

Arsenal certainly should have renewed Saliba’s contract before sending him away. The move only hampers the club ahead of next summer’s window.

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