Report: CL club ready to make big push to sign 'extraordinary' Arsenal player, even though he wants to stay
Marseille had William Saliba on a successful loan last season and now they want to buy the France international from Arsenal.
French outlet Foot Mercato claim that the Ligue 1 outfit are ready to make a big push to try and get the central defender on a permanent basis.
Their report says that Saliba was open to an extra year on loan at Marseille, although the player himself has said he wants to stay at Arsenal.
The defender is also seemingly aware of his contract situation, with his current Gunners deal set to expire in the summer of 2024.
Marseille want to buy Saliba
The report acknowledges it will be a challenge for Marseille to buy Saliba, although they can offer Champions League football next term.
Arsenal will of course be in the Europa League, although that competition could hand Saliba early chances to impress Mikel Arteta.
The report suggests that Saliba could cost €40 million (£34.4 million), which would see Arsenal turn a profit on their £27 million man without ever playing him.
Would that tempt the Gunners during a summer where they could do with selling, in order to balance the books?
Perhaps, but it remains to be seen whether Marseille can afford a fee of that magnitude, even with their Champions League riches.
Saliba’s ability has been described as ‘extraordinary‘, but he has never been handed the chance to show it in English football.
This could be an interesting one, testing Saliba’s desire to stay and commit his long term future to Arsenal, if Marseille make a serious play for him.
Saliba is not the only Arsenal defender interesting Marseille, amid reports they want to sign Nuno Tavares on a loan-to-buy deal.