Arsenal working on bringing in another defender from Ligue 1

Arsenal is reportedly working on a deal to bring William Saliba’s defensive partner at Saint Etienne, Wesley Fofana to the Emirates.

The Gunners splashed close to £30 million on Saliba last summer, but they allowed him to remain at the French side on loan for the rest of this season.

The 19-year-old is set to return from his loan spell ahead of next season, but the Gunners want to sign another defender to partner him at the back.

They have been linked with a move for several defenders this season, including Dayot Upamecano and Chris Smalling.

However, the Daily Star is claiming that Arsenal wants to bring Saliba’s defence partner in France to the Emirates.

Fofana is also just 19, and he played 14 league games for Saint Etienne before the authorities ended the French league season.

Just like Saliba, he came through the club’s youth system and he has been tipped to have a great future in the game.

The report further claims that Arsenal wants Saliba to feel right at home as soon as he returns to the Emirates and they think that signing his friend could be a boost for him. 

Arsenal expects Saliba’s transition to be a smooth and fast one, signing Fofana and bringing him to London with him could be smart in that regard.

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  1. jon fox says:

    If we were to believe every new incoming CB rumour on this site, we should have to rewrite footballs laws to make it a 100 per side game with at least 80 CB’s. It does get really repetitive and like the boy who cried wolf too often, I now dismiss these many rumours on sight. Eventually ONE may prove correct but no one will believe it, til the club announces it. Just my honest thoughts!

    1. Robert Acedius says:

      Yeah, Jon. That would be a defense: A goal keeper and TEN center backs! Come on, Kloppy! But it scares me a little if, if, if Asn’l are looking to sign Salibas teammate buddy. Why? To make William happy? I mean, S:t Etienne didn’t end up in the top of the table, quite the opposite. If both their center backs is such a coming stars the club should have been in top 5 – at least. Not so. They ended up 17 (45 goals, -16). Not much to fuss about. My favorite is Axel Disasi, Reims. Fifth in the league – and just 21 goals allowed. Fewest in the first division. 24 for PSG. That’s a huge guy, a real powerhouse. Better than Upamecano in my eyes. Bigger, stronger, faster, better tackler, better in the air – and with a heart of a lion. He would be something extra at Ashburton.

      1. Robert Acedius says:

        CORRECTION: is such a coming star/ are such coming stars. Sorry.

      2. Sean M says:

        Agree, Robert. Disasi looks like a beast. Would mean getting rid of at least 2 CBs which may not be so easy to do, especially with another 10 games to play with the current squad.

        1. Robert Acedius says:

          And he is a man for a small purse, a 3rd of the price for Uba. But, as you say, who want guys like Chambers, Holding etc. Rumors say that AC Milan is interested in Mustafi (sounds surrealistic) and Sokratis, Mavropanos? I’m sure they would be successful in Sweden. If my Swedish favorite team bought them they became champions.

    2. ken1945 says:

      Jon, as reported by untold arsenal the last time I was in their site the players linked with our club stood at 84!!!

      1. jon fox says:

        Is that ALL Ken!! But how many days are you going back on this site; a month perhaps!! Assuming you are correct though, I owe the site 16%(100-84) of an apology then! Or perhaps not, if I am honest , which I always am, now matter how much I sometimes long not to have to be.

        1. ken1945 says:

          That was three days ago Kom, so I don’t think you have anything to worry about regarding apologies!!!
          I see judas and cashley are at it again, trying to rewrite history!!!

          1. ken1945 says:

            Jon not Kom!

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