Tottenham are ready to pinch William Saliba from under the noses of Arsenal, according to a report in France.
French outlet RMC claim that Spurs’ €30million offer for the young defender has surpassed the bid made by the Gunners.
The source claim that Saint-Etienne officials will meet on Saturday to discuss the offer and this latest news could well explain why Arsenal have not wrapped up a long-running deal for the 18-year-old.
Numerous outlets have reported that the Gunners are close to signing the centre-back, with Goal claiming Arsenal had agreed a deal in the region of £26.5million.
However, as yet nothing has been confirmed regarding the player, who Arsenal were set to loan back to his Ligue 1 club.
Breaking | Tottenham have just outbid Arsenal for William Saliba, offering €30m excluding bonuses, which goes above & beyond Sainté’s demands. Les Verts are meeting tomorrow to discuss this situation! (RMC)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 12, 2019
Arsenal boss Unai Emery was believed to have wanted Saliba for this season, but Saint-Etienne insisted that Saliba was loaned back for another season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Staying at St Etienne for another season was always on Saliba’s mind as their club’s president Roland Romeyer recently explained: “He will stay at the club this season.
“It is an imperative condition should we come to an agreement for his transfer. It’s also William’s wish.”
Roma are reportedly hoping to seal a move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld this summer and Mauricio Pochettino may well be lining Saliba up as the Belgian’s long-term replacement.
The Serie A giants are known to want two new defenders and a report in the Daily Mirror claims that they have approached Spurs about a deal for Alderweireld.
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