We still have no confirmation over whether William Saliba can play in the Coupe de France final for Saint-Etienne, with multiple conflicting reports in the media.
At the time of writing, we still have no confirmation from either Arsenal or Saint-Etienne over their plans for William Saliba. Claude Puel claimed we’d have an update by Friday at 00:01, but it’s Saturday and we’re still waiting.
ESPN reported that the two clubs were back in talks and expecting to reach an agreement. Arsenal were sticking by their demand to remove a €2.5m bonus clause from the player’s loan contract, but they’d reportedly had a ‘breakthrough’ in negotiations.
According to that report, Saliba was in line to play in the match. Saint-Etienne were likely to agree to Arsenal’s conditions to make that happen.
On the other side of things, Sainte Inside claim their information is that Saliba won’t play the match. Their sources informed them earlier this week that those within the club were pessimistic. By Friday, it seemed a deal was completely off.
Yet, still, we have no confirmation. You’d think whether the deal was completely done or completely off, we’d know by now. But it remains a mystery what the hold-up is.