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Saliba set for another loan spell away from Arsenal

Arsenal youngster William Saliba looks set for another loan spell away from the club, amid possible interest from French side Marseille.

The 20-year-old joined the Gunners for a fee of £27m from Saint-Etienne back in July 2019, although is yet to feature for the club having spent a large chunk of his time out on-loan, while he was also absent from Mikel Arteta’s squads for both the Europa League and Premier League last season.

 

That omission left the centre-back having to play for the club’s u23 side for the first half of last term, before he sealed a six-month loan move to Ligue 1 side Nice in January, where he made 20 league appearances.

Having already spent his first full season at Arsenal back out on-loan at former club Saint-Etienne, Saliba now appears in line for a third temporary move away from the Emirates in just three seasons, as per The Athletic.

The report suggests that Arteta and co are keen for the young defender to enjoy a full season of regular game time, with Marseille looking likely to beat a number of other interested clubs – including Newcastle – for his signature.

While it would appear that the Frenchman is way down the pecking order at his parent club, he apparently remains part of the long-term plans at the Premier League side and has time on his side to become a first-team regular in the future.

Arteta’s men are seemingly on the hunt for a new centre-back addition this summer, amid reports that Brighton and England defender Ben White could be in line for a £50m move to the club.

The Gunners currently have Rob Holding, Gabriel and Pablo Mari as centre-back options, yet appear in need of reinforcements after seeing David Luiz depart at the end of the season, while both Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis were allowed to leave in January.

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