Saint Etienne defender William Saliba will undergo a medical at Arsenal next week after the two teams agreed on a deal for the player.
According to trusted journalist Charles Watts, the Gunners have been able to fend off North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign William Saliba.
The 18-year-old is presently in the United States with Saint Etienne and he’s expected to return to Europe at the start of next week.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur made similar offers for the young French centre back but the Gunners edged their rivals due to the preference of the player.
He will sign a five-year deal with Arsenal in the new week before returning to Saint Etienne on loan for one season.
William Saliba will spend the 2019/20 season at Saint Etienne before joining his new team in the summer of 2020.
He became a known quantity in French football earlier this year after breaking into the first team at Saint Etienne towards the second half of last season.
William Saliba made 16 appearances for Saint Etienne last season in the league alone.
He has represented France at all the youth levels but the young defender is yet to make an appearance for the French national team.