Deal Almost Done: Arsenal close to announce signing of £27m defender

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, 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.

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