Personal terms agreed, Arsenal close to announcing the ‘new Varane’

Arsenal have had a quiet transfer window so far but from reports the London club are working hard to bring new players into the club.

According to French media, Arsenal are closing in on the signing of highly-rated French defender William Saliba. The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the future stars in French football and enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last season.

Staring for Saint-Etienne, Saliba showed his technical excellence and defensive nous for the French side. The France u20 ace was featured sparingly at the beginning of the season but subsequently won his way into the starting lineup and have not looked back since then.

His performances have seen him labelled the ‘new Varane’ due to his style-of-play. It is understood that the Gunners have offered a five-year contract that would see the player move to the Emirates this summer. .

There had been reports that Saint-Etienne wanted a deal that would see the player spend next season on loan at the club.  Arsenal are not interested in the offer as they want the player to slot into the first team.

Unai Emery has shown his ability to improve young players and Saliba would be hoping that his game develops at Arsenal.

Saliba possesses all the attributes of a modern defender and at 6ft4 he would have little problems dealing with aerial threats.

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