Report: Arsenal still in hunt for William ‘buy-now-pay-later’ Saliba

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According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are trying to structure a deal for William Saliba that involves us parting with as little cash as possible this summer.

It makes sense when you consider we’re willing – mostly because the selling party are insisting on it – to let the 18-year-old stay on loan at Saint Etienne next season.

What’s more, not paying a big upfront fee now means we can use our slim budget on other players.

Last week, chairman Bernard Caizzo made clear that Saliba, who is valued at around £25 million, would be part of his squad this year, one way or another.

“He will stay this season,” he told But! Football Club [translated by Sport Witness].

“That’s an imperative condition if we are to find an agreement for his transfer. We’ve clearly defined the conditions.

“It’s also William’s wish. He wants to wear the green shirt this season, to play in the Europa League, and he wants to get better before leaving.”

James Olley reports that Arsenal are increasingly optimistic about getting a deal for Saliba over the line and that Celtic’s Kieran Tierney is still of interest, despite the Gunners not following up on their initial rejected bid.

Whether we also look to sign a more experienced centre-half to help with our immediate needs remains to be seen. Argentine Walter Kannemann, currently playing in Brazil, is a possible candidate.

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HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Gone from shopping for scallops at the Waitrose fish counter to screaming down Asda because they won’t accept our recently expired coupons.

myrtle
myrtle

‘If you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages’

We are well and truly in sausage territory.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

It’s definitely time to wake up and smell the Mustafi.

The Spoon
The Spoon

My worry is where those sausages are being stuffed….

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I think we’re on the nearly out of date shelf

thw14
thw14

Even more annoying is that we’ve walked into Asda with coupons, absolutely starving, and instead of focusing on some bread and butter (Tierney), been side-tracked into the Christmas ornaments section (Zaha).

Duck
Duck

isn’t this more like “buy now, PLAY later”?

Leon
Leon

This is truly evidence of how far Arsenal have fallen.
Kroenke is killing Arsenal and Arsenal fans are just sitting back and watch it happen – going out with not even a whimper…
Very sad days…

Drogheda Gunner
Drogheda Gunner

Yeah it’s reminding me of Mike Ashley at Newcastle, knows he’s fucking us over but doesn’t seen to give a fuck?

Liam
Liam

Kannemann is very like Papa and is left footed. both could complement each other really well. Only downfall he’s only 6ft

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

What have we become?? In other big clubs when a player is shit, they don’t play them anymore and try their best to sell and replace. With us, we keep playing the same shit player, over and over. Ebery season, when we know he won’t win us the games.

We should stop blaming Ozil, mustafi, or any other player that are shit and mess our team up. We should blame the owner, for being a cheap bastard who does not invest any money in our club. OUR biggest problem is Stan Kronkbastard SOB.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I agree we shouldn’t necessarily get on the players backs. We play them knowing full well they are below par. But when Ozil strolls around like it’s preseason, Mustafi gives away needless penalties, Xhaka throws limp legs at attakers, Kolasinac struggles to get 50% pass accuracy… you can forgive the fans for getting a little irate. These aren’t necessarily quality issues. They are the actions of thoughtless, lazy mentalities who are as bereft mentally as they are physically.

gooner
gooner

Two transfer records in one year, Xhaka and Mustafi for the same amounts as Mane and Salah, Ozil at lavish wages, exchanging Sanchez with a worse player and doubling his wages, handing Jenkinsson crazy money not based on his talents and returns but because he’s part of some core with a passport. Dishing out 3.5m to a club to help their player complete his rehab with us.

Then running to our “sponsor ” who has no idea what we are doing and pleading with him to search his pockets and give us more money to play with because we had idea on how to spend the one we had, and are in this shit because of that mess.

Ktoenke is the problem.

rellends
rellends

I heard Kannemann described as a card on legs the other night.

allezkev
allezkev

Didn’t ‘they’ used to say that about Xhaka?

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Let’s hope he’s the king of clubs.

Richie

If we’re gonna sign anyone from Grêmio it should be Everton.

Deo
Deo

I noticed him when he started playing instead of Richarlison and Neres. He has barely played senior football outside of Copa America 2019 though.

Giovani
Giovani

You are joking right?

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0
Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

“Tierney is still of interest, despite the Gunners not following up on their initial rejected bid.”

Well this is a concern. :-/

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It’s project nothing at the moment seemingly

Project fucking about

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

But! Football Club?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Which football club? And what about it?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Exactly

Don’t Forget
Don’t Forget

I don’t see us bringing in a CB for this season. On the books we have Koscielny, Mustafi, Holding, Chambers, Mavropanos, and Bielik. More than likely Monreal and maybe Zech Medley will see time there. I think it makes sense to bring Saliba in next year when more than likely Kos and Mustafi will be gone and we’ll have a better idea of the abilities of the younger players.

Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0
Faisal Narrage aka Mr. Project Youth 2.0

Kos is a ledge but a starting CB pairing of an aged Kos and our Greek fire starter Sokratis (also past his best) is comfortably the worst CB pairing of the top 6, and they’re not getting better.

Gonna have to really hope Holding and Mavropanos step up big time in preseason then, cuz expecting this to get better isn’t not smart.

I’m hoping to see more of Beilik as a DM in a midfield-3 tbh.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

To be fair it might be enough. Depends how good the young guys are.

Really we need another quality CB.

If we don’t have to play mustafi it’s already an upgrade.

Santori
Santori

None of our Cbacks would be first choice at top tier teams.

Koscielny is past his sell by date. We should move him on granted we should be grateful for his commitment to us.

Sokratis is OK. Even with Koscielny, the pair leaked 3 goals at Wolves and again in the Europa finals.

Holding I have high hope for. He was looking to finally produce before injury so hopefully he comes in this season to make a difference.

I don’t think Mustafi is as abject as some prefer to make him out to be but clearly he has fundamental flaws considering the price we paid.

Mavropanos whom many like to wank of to is still inexperienced and it tells. He has good fundamentals so best to put him out on a strong loan this season to accelerate his growth.

Bielik is a possibility but will need assessment as well. Is he good enough to step up? There is risk as much as potential.

Then we are talking about possibly Chambers. Does he have the sentiment to stay on and fight out from 3rd or 4th pick? We have managed his career poorly IMO, Wenger doing too much, switching him first from his natural position at Rback to a holding mid then to Cback but he really landed no where.

With Koscielny preferably moved on, we need to add one more experienced Cback in his prime, not some teenager with sporadic showing in Ligue one or some journeyman playing in Brazil toward end of career.

If we dissipate our efforts by spending too much on say a Zaha bc for some reason Raul has a hard on for him or wasting it on a Lback like Tierney when that need can hold out for one more season, it may mean the transfer team will be tempted to skimp on our Cback quality again.

Don’t Forget
Don’t Forget

You’re right. No billionaire putting together a team to win would pick these players. But these are the players we’ve got. Hopefully they’ll be good enough, and if not we’ll reload slightly next year and try again. This is where we are as a club now. Project youth all over again.

Santori
Santori

Sounds like they are more desperate to sell.

He isn’t what we should be looking for. May as well promote Bielik or Mavropanos. Fundamental difference between someone like De ligt playing convincingly through an entire season and Saliba with sporadic appearances.

no thanks. and no to Kannerman either, doesn’t even start for country.

We should be aiming higher (hopefully this is just spirited punditry churning out the same articles on the same lame duck players we constantly get linked to every summer)

BUT you never know with Wenger gone. At least you felt he had our best interest at heart.

We are now at the mercy of Kroenke.

People to quick to blame Gazidis (not saying he hasn’t been at fault) for everything but KSE taking a massive consultation dividend on account of the advise they dispensed toward growing our commercial might when we have flattered to deceive…questions need to be more than asked.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

3m quid is not a massive dividend I’m afraid. If he hadn’t taken it, and why wouldn’t he, wha5 difference would it have made? Can you buy Salah, or Mane or Van Diljk with it?
I don’t like the way the man runs the club but let’s keep it sensible.

TexasGooner6
TexasGooner6

It’s done. He is a Gooner………next year!

Goonereality
Goonereality

Given the very poor financial position at Arsenal, do we really want to pay the kind of money (even in instalments) mentioned in the article for a young player with “potential”. Surely, given the terrible overall performance of the defence as a unit last season, a “hit the ground running” signing of an experienced, quality, central defender (to replace Mustafi primarily, assuming we can offload him somewhere – albeit at a big loss) is a much better use of very limited resources. Saying that, because of the state of the club on field at present I doubt the kind of quality product we desperately need would be beating the doors down at The Emirates to join us over the “usual suspects” in the EPL.