Arsenal tipped to use Saliba interest to land Lille star

Lille are claimed to be eyeing a deal to bring William Saliba back to France this summer, and Arsenal are tipped to use that interest to land Zeki Celik.

The Gunners are linked with a move to sign the Ligue 1 right-back, as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, after the Turkish international impressed in helping his side to win the French top division last term.

Arsenal already have a positive relationship with Lille after deals to land both Gabriel Magalhaes and Nicolas Pepe in recent seasons, and we could well make further deals with the club.

The DailyMail claims that the coaching staff in North London believe that Saliba would profit another full season of regular playing time, something not likely to be offered at Arsenal, especially given Ben White is expected to come in for a club record defender deal.

Lille or Newcastle could well get the opportunity to be the 20 year-old’s club for the upcoming campaign, and HITC claims we could well use the French club’s interest to strike a favourable deal to land Zeki Celik also.

The Evening Standard claimed that us, along with both Tottenham and Man United have expressed an interet in his signature, and Saliba’s deal could well prove to be the sweetener to put us in the driving seat for his signature.


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  1. I know it’s based off three games at the euro’s but not impressed by celik, he was so poor defensively getting spun constantly and offered nothing going forward. No thanks, I like the link to tyler Adams though, he’s a arsenal fan too!

    1. To be fair despite having very good players Turkey as a team were very disappointing i wouldn’t read too much into his performances at the Euros over 3 games in top of that according to reports in France Lille interest in Saliba is s serious one and Arsenal have their eyes on several of their players like Renato Sanches the Canadian foward whose name i forgot who we tried to sign before he chose Lille and as the article states we seem to have s good relationship with them even if it’s not him we might end up with one their players again!

    2. @03 gooner

      Never ever judge a player off 3 games! Especially in a rubbish team, with a bunch of players he rarely plays with.

      Judge Celik off 35 games last season, 29 in the league, which he helped Lille win…finishing above PSG no less.

      I don’t know anything about him, but he wouldn’t have played such a vital role in Lille’s league success if he was no good.

  2. Arsenal is on the brink of signing Nuno Tavares from Benfica deal is worth €8m and further add ons from now to 2026. Personal term agreed.

  3. Nuno Tavares is a left back, a possible back up for Tierney. Agree that Adams would make a better RB though.

          1. Siamois how true is it that Niles has changed his mind, cos i still see him as a good right back who can still improve.

  4. White lokonga tavares ramsdale? things are picking up in the transfer market. Gooners sit tight!

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