Arsenal close to announcing mega deal after agreeing personal terms

Arsenal are getting closer in their bid to sign highly rated defender William Saliba according to reports in the European scene.

The Gunners are believed to be have agreed personal terms with the defender. It is understood that Saliba is a choice for Unai Emery who rates the player highly. It is understood that Arsenal wants the 18-year-old as they eye quality bargain additions to the defence.

Notwithstanding, French outlet Le 10 Sport (h/t Daily Star) claims that the Gunners are yet to table a formal offer for the player. The reports say that Saint-Etienne have informed Arsenal that they would only accept offers of €26million for the youngster.

Saliba is considered as one of the top-rated defenders in France. He has been likened to Real Madrid star Raphael Varane due to his style of play.

Saliba broke into the first team last season and impressed despite playing just 16 matches.

Arsenal are hamstrung by their transfer budget believed to be around £45 million. It is thought that Arsenal want to negotiate for a lower fee but it remains to be seen if the French club would accept a bid lower than their valuation of the player.

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