Arsenal could reportedly offload French defender William Saliba in the summer transfer window as per the report by Football Insider.
The 21-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Ligue 1 outfit Olympique de Marseille. Despite joining the North London club back in 2019 for a fee of around £27 million, the centre-back hasn’t played any competitive games for the Gunners yet.
He has already been loaned out on three occasions since joining the Emirates Stadium. And his time might come to an end at the club following the conclusion of this season.
According to the report, Arsenal can not guarantee the first-team role to William Saliba for next season. And the North London club might even cash in on the youngster if a significant bid arrives for the Frenchman.
The report further claims that Mikel Arteta does not want to break the defensive partnership of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhães. And if the 21-year-old wants to stay at the club then his role will be a backup.
Following an impressive loan stint at Stade Velodrome, the French side are keen on making the youngster’s loan deal permanent.
Should Arsenal sell William Saliba this summer?
Selling William Saliba might not be a shrewd decision by Arsenal. The North London club are set to qualify for European football next season and they need strength in depth in order to achieve success in every competition.
The North London club started the campaign with a thin squad. They faced injury issues down the line throughout this season and they failed to perform at their best when it occurred. Meanwhile, they are currently thin in their backing following the suspension of Rob Holding and a possible hamstring injury to Gabriel Magalhães.
So, they will need to have a big squad and rotate their starting lineup throughout the season in order to stay injury-free towards the back end of the season. Therefore, keeping William Saliba will be the right decision.
The youngster has showcased his talent in the French league this season. And he could flourish at the Emirates Stadium with game time and proper guidance, given he is still only 21-year-old.
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