Arsenal has now matched Tottenham’s offer for their long term target William Saliba but this transfer saga is far from over.
According to reports in France, St Etienne has basically put a halt to any transfer and decided to wait to see if either club will up their offer and you can hardly blame them.
The French outfit is also waiting on a response from the 18-year-old to see if he has a preference for either club.
This is now madness, Saliba will not even be available to us for another year and while he may be a massive prospect his cost to us is rising all the time and we need a central defender right now.
This suits Tottenham, they can easily put down another couple of million and drag this out even further, they can wait a year and know that even if we were to win the bidding war we would not gain any advantage in the short term, if at all.
What if we do not make the Champions League next year, then next summers transfer budget will have been massacred before we even get to the starting gate.
This was always going to happen because Arsenal just messed around trying to negotiate a better deal, which is fine if you can see off any poachers, but ridiculous when you cannot.
This deal should have been done already, instead, we are now in a bidding war with a club that has more money to spend and is not in the same desperate situation that we are in.