Mustafi replacement? Arsenal officials spotted at £25m-rated defender’s club

Arsenal have been linked with the signing of Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba according to Goal.com.  The French defender has caught the eye in his breakthrough season at the club, featuring 17 times in all competitions.

Goal claims that Unai Emery is ready to spend big in the defensive position as he looks to bring in reinforcements in the summer. The Spanish tactician is worried about the high volume of goals conceded in the Premier League.

Saliba is seen as a player that has the potential to develop into a genuine world-class prospect at the Emirates. The Gunners also sent scouts to watch the 18-year old and were impressed with his performances.

Saliba is valued at £25 million which is a lot of money for a player with less than 30 top-flight matches in his belt. It is understood that this huge fee is as a result of the number of clubs interested in the player.

Saliba is comfortable with the ball at his feet and at 6ft 4, he excels during aerial battles which fits the type of defender Emery wants.

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has also weighed in on the defender, revealing that he has all it takes to become a good player.

This transfer looks likely as the Gunners are known for signing French talents with Matteo Guendouzi the latest to move from the Ligue 1 last summer.

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