Saliba set for Nice loan amid limited Arsenal opportunities

William Saliba is set for another loan return to France with the Arsenal youngster expected to sign for Nice in search of regular first-team football.

Saliba is yet to make a senior appearance for Arsenal and was left out of the Gunners’ squad for the Europa League group stages, having returned to the Emirates this summer after spending the 2019/20 campaign on loan with former club Saint-Etienne.

The teenager moved to the Premier League in a £27m deal in 2019 but has failed to progress as hoped, with Goal reporting that Arsenal will now sanction another loan deal in a bid to accelerate the youngster’s development.

Saliba will undergo a medical on Monday ahead of a loan move to join the Cote d’Azur club until the end of the season, though there is no option for a permanent switch with Arsenal understood to view the centre-back as part of their long-term plans.

Arsenal are currently overstocked with centre-back options, though an opportunity to compete for a first-team place is expected to open up for the 19-year-old next season with the contracts of Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz and Sokratis all set to expire this summer.

Saliba will now be handed an opportunity to kick-start his career following a frustrating period on the sidelines, with Nice – who currently sit 12th in Ligue 1 – covering the youngster’s wages during his temporary stint.

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