Arsenal make U-turn in discussions with Saint-Etienne after ‘angering’ William Saliba

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal and Saint-Etienne are locked in discussions over William Saliba (Picture: Getty)William Saliba has been given fresh hope of competing in the Coupe de France final later this month after Arsenal reportedly restarted talks with Saint-Etienne to allow him to face Paris Saint-Germain.The 19-year-old completed a £27million move to the Emirates last summer but was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign. Though the impact of the coronavirus crisis on French football meant the Ligue 1 season came to an end back in April, Saint-Etienne still have their French Cup final clash with PSG to play on July 24. Arsenal make U-turn in discussions with Saint-Etienne after ‘angering’ William Saliba Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 12:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Wolves 0-2 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:54FullscreenWolves 0-2 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/wolves-0-2-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2204672/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Saliba’s temporary agreement expired at the end of last month and Saint-Etienne have been desperate for Arsenal to grant them permission to field the defender for one more game.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, last week it was announced that a potential deal had collapsed, with the French club criticising the Gunners for their ‘unacceptable sports and financial conditions’.And while Arsenal signalled that they would not back down on their decision – which reportedly ‘angered’ the young centre-back – it appears they have made a drastic U-turn in their negotiations.According to L’Equipe, the latest meetings have been positive and discussions have reached an ‘advanced’ stage in recent hours.center_img William Saliba has been on loan at Saint-Etienne this season (Picture: Getty)The teenager is now expected to return to Saint-Etienne before the end of this week when the French transfer window experiences its first closure of the summer.Throughout the talks, Arsenal have refused to agree to the payment of a €2.5m (£2.2m) bonus which they would owe Saint-Etienne if the France Under-20 international started versus PSG. And the north London giants have been asking for these demands to be waived to allow Saliba to end his Saint-Etienne career on a high.The Frenchman has had a frustrating season with injuries, making just 15 appearances in all competitions, which explains why he was so upset that Arsenal’s initial talks with Saint-Etienne broke down.The Coupe de France final represents a major opportunity for Saint-Etienne considering victory would secure them qualification for next year’s Europa League.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAt the end of last month, Mikel Arteta revealed his stance on the saga surrounding Saliba’s participation in the cup final, declaring that the centre-half had ‘earned the right’ to face PSG.‘I think he needs to stay there,’ the Arsenal head coach said.‘We’ve got an agreement with Saint-Etienne and he’s earned his right to play that final.’Should Arsenal allow William Saliba to play vs PSG?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta bans Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal first team training after Edu meetingMORE: Brendan Rodgers hails ‘outstanding’ Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal vs Leicester City Comment Advertisementlast_img

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