According to RMC Sport, Sp*rs have hijacked Arsenal’s deal for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba by tabling a bid in excess of the French club’s demands.
The Gunners are understood to have an agreement with the player and were close to finalising the transfer payment structure but it looks as though Daniel Levy’s decision to throw cash at the situation means we could now miss out. Well, assuming this is true.
Arsenal are understood to have offered a package worth €30 million for the 18-year-old and, on the proviso of keeping upfront fees to a minimum, are willing to let him stay on loan at Saint-Etienne next season.
🚨Info @RMCsport : Coup de théâtre dans le dossier #Saliba ! #Tottenham a transmis une offre dépassant les 30M€ hors bonus pour Saliba. Une offre dépassant les attentes de #ASSE. Réunion demain pour finaliser l’operation alors que #Arsenal avait trouvé un accord global.
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 12, 2019
It remains to be seen whether Raul Sanllehi and Edu return with a better offer. If they don’t and we lose out on the only target with whom we’ve made any progress, it’s going to be even more egg on the face of a management team who are enduring a pretty horrible week on the PR front.
Yesterday, Laurent Koscielny threw our transfer plans into further disarray by refusing to go on the US tour. His decision will likely see him leave the club, thus putting even more pressure on our attempts to strengthen the defence.