According to Ouest-France, relayed by GFFN, William Saliba has rejected the opportunity to spend next season on loan with Rennes.
It’s reported that the 20-year-old was unimpressed with the way the Ligue 1 side courted his signature last summer only to go cold towards the end of the transfer window.
Late in the day, Arsenal subsequently tried to farm the youngster back out to Saint-Etienne but seemingly fluffed the paperwork meaning Saliba, who hadn’t been registered for the Premier League squad, spent three months confined to the sidelines.
Saliba was due to report to London Colney for the commencement of Arsenal’s pre-season preparations on 7 July. However, having been included in France’s squad for the Olympic football tournament in Tokyo, it’s likely he’ll join their training camp instead.
Having been signed for £27 million in 2018, supporters are keen for Mikel Arteta to give Saliba a chance to challenge for a first team place in the upcoming campaign. As things stand, it’s unclear what the club wants to do with him.
Given his age and the apparent willingness to spend £50 million on Brighton’s Ben White – another centre-back – it’s more than possible that we will sanction another loan. Marseille and Newcastle are both thought to have been in touch.
At a time when the club is looking to sell players to fund a squad rebuild, it’s also possible the player could be sold.