William Saliba: Arsenal close to completing £27m signing of Saint-Etienne defender

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
William Saliba
William Saliba (left) joined Saint-Etienne in 2016

Arsenal are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of teenage defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.

The 18-year-old France youth international will return to the Ligue 1 club next season on loan before heading to the Gunners in 2020.

Arsenal are understood to be paying 30m euros (£27m) for Saliba with the fee paid in instalments.

The Gunners are also working on a deal to take the Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan.

The 22-year-old would fill the gap left by the departed Aaron Ramsey.

Meanwhile, the London club are continuing their pursuit of Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.

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