Arsenal have reportedly been on the verge of announcing the signing of Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba.
The North London club have long been rumoured with an approach for the highly-rated defender, who impressed during his breakthrough season in the French top-tier.
There have been reports that Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on the situation as Mauricio Pochettino is keen on to add the Frenchman to his ranks.
However, according to football.london, a contract is in place for Saliba to make the move to the Emirates Stadium for a fee of £27m.
The report claimed that the Frenchman will immediately be loaned back to Ligue 1, where he will continue his development for one more year.