North London giants Arsenal are preparing a big bid for highly rated Saint Etienne teenager William Saliba according to recent reports in the British media.
The young French defender has been attracting the interest of several clubs on the European scene since he broke into the first team at his French Ligue 1 club.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners will make a £27m (€30m) bid for him in the coming days and that the North Londoners see him as the direct replacement for wantaway Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny.
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Arsenal could sign William Saliba and loan him back to Saint Etienne for the entire duration of the 2019/20 season.
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is on his way out of the club after new contract talks broke down.
The 33-year-old has one year left on his contract and the Gunners are open to his sale with German club Borussia Dortmund keen to sign him.
Arsenal have slapped a £10.6m asking price on the veteran French international player.
William Saliba would be a good replacement for the former Lorient centre back.
The 18-year-old made 19 appearances for Saint Etienne during the just concluded season including 16 games in the league which ended with an impressive fourth-placed finish.
Why Man Utd Midfielder Is Labelled A Flop By Arsenal Legend
Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has labeled Manchester United midfielder Fred a flop on the back of his poor displays in the colours of the Red Devils.
While he was on American media outlet NBC, Arsenal legend Lee Dixon criticized Fred as he said that the Brazilian international is not good enough for Manchester United.
He went on to say that Manchester United is in big trouble if they have to rely on players like Fred.
The Brazilian has failed to live up to his expensive price tag since he moved to the Premier League.
Fred left Ukrainian outfit Shakthar Donetsk for Manchester United at the start of last season and has not produced assured displays for the club in almost two years at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United paid 52 million pounds for the signing of Fred.
He was one of the major culprits for Manchester United in their last league game at Newcastle United and that was pointed out by Arsenal legend Lee Dixon.
Fred was one of the worst players on the pitch as Newcastle United beat Manchester United at St. James Park.
Newcastle United beat Manchester United by a lone goal courtesy the goal from debutant Matty Longstaff.
Arsenal In New Contract Talks With Deputy Skipper
Premier League giants Arsenal have reportedly opened talks of a new contract with star player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a bid to secure his long-term future at the club.
This is according to Italian publication La Gazzetta Dello Sport which revealed that the Gunners want to tie their deputy skipper to a new deal.
Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has less than two years left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.
He was recently named the deputy skipper at Arsenal by manager Unai Emery following the exit of former captain Laurent Koscielny to French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux controversially.
Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka was made the Arsenal captain last month by Unai Emery who conducted an election amongst his players.
Apart from Gabonese international Aubameyang, the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil were also named deputy captains.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League following his move from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a then club-record fee of 57 million pounds at the start of last year.
He won the Golden Boot Award in the Premier League last season alongside the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah with 22 goals.
Arsenal, Chelsea Tipped For EPL Top Four
London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will make the top four at the end of this EPL campaign according to renowned commentator Ian Darke.
According to the Premier League commentator, he has gone with the bookmakers as regards Arsenal and Chelsea joining title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City in the top four at the end of the current league season.
Ian Darke tipped Arsenal and Chelsea for the Premier League top four while he was speaking on ESPN.
He also talked about top four contenders Leicester City adding that their result against Manchester United showed that they will miss out on the Champions League places at the end of the season.
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Only the top four positions on the Premier League will guarantee Champions League football for next season.
Leicester City suffered their first league defeat of the season after they were beaten 1-0 by an out-of-sort Manchester United team at Old Trafford last month.
The Foxes have maintained their push for a place in the top four this season with the former Premier League champions presently occupying the fourth position on the table at the moment.
Leicester City are ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.
Chelsea are in fifth position with 14 points which is the same as that of the Foxes.
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