William Saliba has been snapped in Marseille after arriving in the city to finalise a season-long loan deal with the Stade Velodrome outfit.
The France under-21 international is returning to Ligue 1 for a third loan spell since signing for Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019.
The centre-back returned to his boyhood club for a year as part of the £27 million deal and last season spent six months gaining further experience with Nice.
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According to The Athletic, a number of clubs, including Newcastle United and Lille, were hopeful of recruiting Saliba this time around but the player has favoured Jorge Sampaoli’s project.
Arsenal will receive a loan fee from Marseille but the French side will not have an option to buy the player at the end of the season. Noises coming out of the Emirates suggest the 20-year-old still has a future as a Gunner even though he’s yet to feature in a competitive match and with the club set to recruit Ben White from Brighton for £50 million.
This will be the second bit of business done between Arsenal and Marseille this summer. Les Olympiens have also taken Matteo Guendouzi on loan with a view to buying the player this time next year.