Saliba future LATEST, Gunners eye Noussair Mazraoui, Locatelli snub for Juventus


Arsenal are set to hold transfer talks with Marseille who are reportedly desperate to sign loan star William Saliba on a permanent basis.

The 20-year-old Arsenal defender is on a year-long loan at Marseille, but has been such a hit that they’re hoping to extend his stay past the end of this season.

Transfer expert Ekrem Konur has reported that the club are hoping to sign Saliba permanently and will open talks about a move with Arsenal soon.

Saliba joined the Gunners on a five-year deal for £27m from Saint Etienne in July 2019, but has yet to feature for them since making the switch to North London.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are interested in Ajax wonderkid Noussair Mazraoui, according to ESPN.

He can negotiate with overseas clubs from January and Arsenal could add him to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

However, he is currently in talks with his present club over an extension and Arsenal is monitoring the situation and ready to pounce if he becomes available.

At 24, the right-back has a lot of experience at the highest level as he has played for Ajax in both domestic and European competitions.

Finally, Manuel Locatelli only wanted to join Juventus in the summer transfer window and turned down an approach from Premier League giants Arsenal, Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali has said in quotes reported by Football Italia.

He said: “(Locatelli) only wanted to go to Juventus. We received offers from Arsenal and other clubs, but there was nothing we could do. He was determined.”

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal were willing to pay more than £30 million for Locatelli while offering him £90,000 a week at the Emirates.

Italy’s midfield metronome had his heart firmly fixed on Juventus, however, so much so he told his representatives not to even open talks regarding a switch to Arsenal.

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