William Saliba is set to have his Arsenal medical next week when Saint-Étienne return from their short pre-season trip to the United States.
Les Verts beat Montpellier, without Saliba, on Friday in Washington DC to set up a clash with Marseille on Monday and will then fly to England for the build-up to a friendly with Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Sunday 28 July.
Funnily enough, Arsenal and Saint-Étienne will overlap in the US capital with the Gunners due to arrive on Monday to prepare for their match with Real Madrid at FedExField.
Towards the end of last week reports circulated that Saliba had opted to move to Arsenal on a 5-year deal instead of joining Sp*rs who had attempted to gazump us at the last minute.
Arsenal & St Étienne agree €29m including bonuses deal for William Saliba – done deal. Breaking | William Saliba's desire to join Arsenal over other interested. 5-year contract, loaned back for 2019/20.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 18, 2019
As part of the €29 million deal, the 18-year-old will spend another year in his current surroundings, albeit on loan.
William Saliba's medical with Arsenal will occur on Tuesday, @mohamedbouhafsi reaffirms – everything is now finalised between the Gunners & St Étienne.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 20, 2019
Speaking to Le Progrés, Saint-Étienne club chairman Bernard Caiazzo said of the impending move: “Everything is on track with Arsenal. William will spend next season with us.”
In separate news, the Telegraph reports that we’re still confident of completing moves for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.
The former is pencilled in to fill Aaron Ramsey’s boots and would join on a season-long loan deal. The latter has already been the subject of two failed bids and we’re likely to try again even though the left-back is currently sidelined with an injury.