Arsenal and Saint-Etienne have failed to reach an agreement that would allow William Saliba to play in the Coupe de France final against Paris Saint Germain on 24th July.
A decision on the situation was due to have been made last week but for whatever reason, no announcement was made by either club.
Today, speaking at a press conference Saint-Etienne head coach Claude Puel confirmed the 19-year-old centre-back will not feature.
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As you’ll recall, the Gunners were open to Saliba extending his loan arrangement so that he could play the delayed final on the proviso that Saint-Etienne agreed to our terms.
The Ligue 1 side didn’t much like them, releasing a statement on 1 July decrying the ‘absolutely unacceptable sporting and financial conditions’.
Arsenal reportedly asked Saint-Etienne to release Saliba for regular medical check-ups in London and requested that Les Verts forego a €2.5m bonus payment that would be due if the centre-back started the game.
An angry retort from Arsenal seemed to draw a line under the matter but with the player desperate to help his childhood side win silverware, all parties returned to negotiations in the hope of finding a solution.
Just four days ago, Saint Etienne boss Claude Puel was holding out for good news. It’s not gone his way. Saliba, who presumably has been training alone for a couple of weeks, will now return to London to start his Arsenal adventure.