Report: Newcastle keen on signing William Saliba from Arsenal
Newcastle United are interested in signing Arsenal defender, William Saliba, this summer, as a move to Celtic’s Kris Ajer looks increasingly unlikely.
The Magpies are said to be interested in taking Saliba off Arsenal’s hands in the summer. According to The Daily Mail, Newcastle want to take Saliba on loan.
Saliba has spent the season in France once again. He’s struggled to make the breakthrough with the Gunners ever since signing for around £27m.
However, another impressive season in Ligue 1 this term has once again cast the spotlight over Saliba’s future. With Arsenal losing David Luiz, there has been talk he could step in to replace the Brazilian.
But Newcastle look like they’re going to test the water at least. Steve Bruce is eager to add to his squad this summer. Having finished last season strongly, Bruce is keen to build on the good feeling in the camp.
Another Arsenal starlet, Joe Willock, is another who Bruce is keen on. The midfielder scored eight goals in 14 games during his loan spell.
Newcastle look like they mean business and Saliba would be a smart addition
Saliba is going to need to taste Premier League action soon enough, and Newcastle will see the spell they had from Willock as inspiration.
The French defender appears to be built for PL football. And despite Mikel Arteta not playing him yet, his spell with Nice has shown Saliba to be a good player.
For Newcastle, they’ll want new additions to build on last year. Saliba would slot in nicely it would seem. Of course, there is a risk there, given his lack of experience in the top flight.
There’s clearly a good player in there. Indeed, as a youngster, Saliba was compared to French superstar Raphael Varane. Quite the statement and billing to live up to for the young Gunner.