Marseille want to keep William Saliba and are planning to hold talks with him over another move in the near future.
La Provence (via GFFN) report that Marseille want to keep William Saliba beyond the end of his loan deal with the club. Discussions will start soon between the player and his loan team.
But L’Equipe report that Arsenal would want at least €30m for a sale, which is likely to price Marseille out of the market.
With interest from Spain, England, and Germany, Marseille wouldn’t be in a strong position to negotiate that price down.
Marseille have already agreed to sign up two Arsenal players in 2022, with Sead Kolasinac joining permanently in January, and Marseille chief Pablo Longoria confirming that Matteo Guendouzi will sign at the end of the season.
As for the possibility of bringing in a third, Longoria admits they have been impressed by William Saliba during his loan spell.
Yet he highlights that they’re just one of the parties involved in a potential deal.
“It’s a three-way question,” Longoria pointed out. “For the player’s owning club – Arsenal, the player, and Olympique de Marseille.
“We have to see our possibilities. He is very good here, we are very satisfied with his performance.
“William [Saliba] is one of the best young defenders I’ve seen in my career.
“After all, everything depends on the three parties. It’s a matter of market value. But we have extraordinary relations with Arsenal.”
At the moment, it looks like it ultimately comes down to whether or not Arsenal want to keep Saliba.
If they want him, he’s still under contract for another couple of years, all they have to do is put him in the team and show him they believe in him.
French outlet BUT recently reported that Saliba could be set for a new long-term deal this summer, with his current contract set to expire in 2024.
The suggestion is that Saliba may well have done enough to convince Mikel Arteta to make him a major part of Arsenal’s future.