Arsenal £27m star open to make Ligue 1 move in January

By | December 24, 2020

Arsenal centre-back William Saliba is keen to make a return to France on loan, however, members of Arsenal’s coaching staff would prefer the 19-year-old to remain in England and being loaned out to a championship club.

Saliba was signed in a £27 million deal from Saint-Etienne last year and talanted Frenchman is yet to make his debut for the Gunners.

The Arsenal head-caoch said last month that Saliba still needs to go through a ‘transition’ period before he is ready to be the part of the Gunners starting XI.

Saliba is now keen to depart from the Gunners on loan in the January transfer window to get more regular first-team minutes.

However, according to ESPN, while Saliba’s preference is to return to the French top-tier some members of the Gunners backroom staff believe the defender needs to stay in England to adapt the tempo.

Brentford and Watford are both believed to be interested in recruiting the French centre-back.

However, Saliba’s former club, Saint-Etienne, are also keen on to re-sign him on a temporary basis.

Nice, who sacked Patrick Vieira as their head-coach on Friday, are also weighing up a move for Saliba ahead of the window.

In an inteview last week, Saint-Etienne skipper and former Arsenal centre-back, Mathieu Debuchy, claimed Saliba would be ‘welcome’ back at the French club.

‘William… we know his qualities. He was very impressive at Saint-Etienne,’ said Debuchy.

‘Unfortunately for him at Arsenal the start didn’t go the way he wanted it to, I think.

‘If William wants to come back this winter he will be welcome and he will have the advantage of knowing the team.’