Saint Etienne president Eduardo Caiazzo has all but confirmed that young defender William Saliba will join Premier League giants Arsenal this summer.
In a chat with French news outlet Le Progres, the Saint Etienne supremo revealed that the player will spend the new season at the club.
Arsenal have agreed on a deal for the young French centre back and he’s expected to sign a five-year deal until the end of the 2023/24 season.
The player will then return to Saint Etienne on loan for the 2019/20 season.
William Saliba will return to Arsenal next summer after his loan spell at French Ligue 1 Saint Etienne.
The 18-year-old broke into the first team at Saint Etienne last season and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
The young defender played 16 times for Saint Etienne in the league last season as the club missed out on Champions League football to former French champions Lyon.
Saint Etienne finished the season in fourth spot thus missing out on a Champions League spot that only a top-three finish would guarantee.
Champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), runners-up Lille and Lyon will represent France at next season’s Champions League.
William Saliba is yet to make his senior debut for the French national team.