Tottenham look to hijack Arsenal's deal for William Saliba

Tanya Simon
July 14, 2019

Tottenham have joined the race to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne ahead of Arsenal this summer, according to BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein.

Saliba, a France Under-20 worldwide, joined Saint-Etienne in 2016 and is one of the game's most highly-rated young centre-backs.

The report states the 18-year-old has already agreed to a five-year contract with the Gunners and just has a few minor details to sort out.

However, Tottenham have made a last-ditch attempt to secure the services of the France Under-20 worldwide by offering a marginally better deal.

But Spurs have been monitoring the situation and have now allegedly submitted an offer which is more than that from Arsenal.

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The youngster is expected to continue his development at Saint-Etienne for a further season as the Ligue 1 outfit are demanding a loan to be included in the deal, which could ultimately benefit Tottenham if they were to acquire him.

The two clubs are scheduled to hold a meeting on Saturday as Tottenham look to spoil Arsenal's plans to land the young talent.

Arsenal had delved deep in negotiations for the €30m rated defender but Saint-Étienne were unable to accept the payment structure suggested by Arsenal. So, should they be spending more than €30m on a teenage defender who will go back out on loan?

Spurs may well be preparing for life without Toby Alderweireld.

Manchester United have also been linked with the Benfica centre-back, who has a release clause of £54m.

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