Tottenham have outbid Arsenal for William Saliba, as a deal that should have already been completed drags on.

Saint-Etienne’s French defender William Saliba (L) vies with Reims’ French forward Boulaye Dia during the French L1 football match between Stade de Reims and Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on April 21, 2019, at the Auguste-Delaune stadium in Reims. (Photo by FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP / Getty Images)

RMC’s Mohamed Bouhafsi reports that there’s been a twist in Arsenal’s pursuit of the French centre-back, with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur trying to hijack the deal.

The Gunners had agreed a fee with St. Etienne, agreed personal terms with the player, and according to David Ornstein the only remaining details to complete the deal were the wording of contracts and so on.

Bouhafsi reports that Tottenham have outbid Arsenal now though, offering €30m before bonuses even come into it. They have a meeting tomorrow to move the deal along, whilst Bouhafsi claims Arsenal don’t have an agreement with St. Etienne on bonuses.

Of course, Spurs outbidding Arsenal doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get the player. If Saliba himself prefers to move to Arsenal, as suggested by the fact he’s already agreed personal terms, he can simply reject Spurs’ offer.

Nonetheless, clearly Arsenal face another push to get the deal over the line, right when they thought it was almost done.