Arsenal defender William Saliba could leave for Marseille this summer

William Saliba ‘could leave Arsenal this summer with Marseille considering a £25m bid’ for the defender who spent last season on loan in France – but Mikel Arteta ‘is not interested in selling’

  • Arsenal defender William Saliba could leave London for Marseille this summer
  • The 21-year-old defender spent last season on-loan at the Ligue 1 side
  • Marseille are considering making a £25million bid for the French centre-back
  • Saliba’s main focus is securing a World Cup ticket to Qatar with France

Arsenal defender William Saliba could be set to depart the Emirates this summer with Marseille reportedly considering a £25million bid for the defender who spent last season on loan with them.

After his impressive spell in Marseille, the French club are now interested in signing the Arsenal player on a permanent transfer, reported Get French Football News.

At 21-years-old, the southern France team views Saliba as a great investment, with his expected longevity and potential for growth giving them the confidence to make a major offer.

William Saliba could be set to leave Arsenal on a permanent transfer to Marseille this summer

But Mikel Arteta is keen to keep hold of the French international ahead of the upcoming season

If a deal can be struck between the two clubs then it would challenge Marseille’s previous record-breaking capture of Dimitri Payet from West Ham United in 2017.

Loaned to Marseille last summer following a previous spell at Ligue 1 side Nice the year before, Saliba produced countless dominant performances for the club as he helped guide them to a second place league finish and Champions League football.

He made 52 appearances for the French side in all competitions last season and was even called up to the France national side by manager Didier Deschamps.

Saliba spent last season on loan at Marseille as he helped the club finish second in Ligue 1

Saliba returns to Arsenal much-improved since joining the club from Saint-Etienne on a long-term contract in 2019. 

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly not willing to sell his prized defender and is keen to first get a look at Saliba on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America.

However, Saliba is yet to make his competitive debut for the Arsenal first-team.

Marseille have been boosted by the French football’s strict financial watchdog, DNCG, removing previous restrictions on spending with the club keen to make a first summer signing.

Saliba’s main interest will be securing himself a seat on the plane to the Qatar World Cup in November and is said to be prioritising game time in an effort to be included in France’s squad.

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