Arsenal make 18-year-old Ligue 1 defender top summer target – report

Arsenal are eager to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba this summer, according to a report

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Arsenal are set to target Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, according to a report in England.

Website Goal is reporting that the Gunners are interested in a potential deal to sign the 18-year-old in the summer transfer window.

The same article states that Arsenal have been scouting the Saint-Etienne teenager throughout the current campaign.

According to the same story, Saliba is the type of defender that Arsenal are looking to sign in the summer transfer window.

Goal go on to suggest that Arsenal could have to make an offer in the region of £25m to sign the Saint-Etienne talent.

Their Premier League rivals Manchester United have been linked with a move to sign the French defender in the past, according to the same report.

Saliba made 13 starts and three substitute appearances in Ligue 1 this season, earning one red card during the domestic campaign.

Former Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is currently team-mates with the impressive teenager at Saint-Etienne.

The Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League table this season to miss out on a spot in the Champions League.

However, Arsenal can still qualify for the Champions League if Unai Emery’s men beat Chelsea FC in the Europa League showpiece next Wednesday.

The Gunners are looking to win Europe’s second tier competition for the first time.

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