William Saliba: Spurs rival Arsenal for Saint-Etienne defender

William Saliba

Tottenham Hotspur have made a late attempt to hijack a move for William Saliba this summer, according to a report by The Guardian.

However, Tottenham have made a last-ditch attempt to secure the services of the France Under-20 worldwide by offering a marginally better deal.

Zaniolo is clearly a talented individual, he had a great season for Roma which culminated in a call up to the Italian national team.

No fee has been mentioned but he will not come cheap and that again may well hinder Arsenal but even so, the fact that it is being reported that we are in the running is a positive sign.

The deal Arsenal had in place for Saliba would have seen him being signed this summer but spend the next season on loan back at St Etienne.

It is said that Spurs and Saint-Etienne will meet today to conclude negotiations and that if Arsenal do not move rapidly, they will miss out on the player.

Arsenal have had a disappointing transfer window thus far, with approaches for other top priority targets Kieran Tierney and Wilfried Zaha have also been unsuccessful.

Saliba, a France Under-20 worldwide, joined Saint-Etienne in 2016 and is one of the game's most highly-rated young centre-backs.

With Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen's contracts both expiring in a year's time and Alderweireld able to leave for £25million before Thursday July 25, Spurs are lining up long-term options to bolster their back-line.

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