Arsenal Close In On William Saliba

William Saliba of Saint Etienne during the Friendly match between Saint Etienne and Nice on August 4, 2018 in Feurs, France. (Photo by Romain Lafabregue/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Arsenal are believed to be closing in on the signing of Saint Etienne defender William Saliba.

The Gunners are set to sign the 18-year-old in a £27m deal which will see them loan him back to the Ligue 1 club to continue his development next season.

But according to BBC Sport, Arsenal’s defensive dealings in the transfer market will not stop there as Unai Emery will look for a centre-back to come straight into their first team.

With a deal for Saliba set to be structured to be paid in instalments, his arrival will have minimal effect on their tight budget.

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