Arsenal have confirmed the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Étienne and that the 18-year-old will be loaned back to the Ligue 1 side for the season ahead.
The Gunners have been trying to sign the France under-20 international all summer and are thought to have agreed a package worth nearly €30 million.
Speaking about the deal, Unai Emery said: “We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future.
“He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.”
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2019
Saliba is currently sidelined by a groin injury that he picked up at the tail-end of last season but that hasn’t hindered his medical.
Saint-Étienne kick-off the new season away at Dijon on 10th August, no doubt Gooners will be paying extra attention to their matches this season as our new boy looks to burnish his reputation.