Romano says Arsenal man is definitely staying at the club

Fabrizio Romano has dispelled rumours linking William Saliba with a summer exit from Arsenal and insists the defender is likely to stay.

Arsenal signed him in 2019 from Saint Etienne, but he is yet to kick a ball for their senior team since that time.

He has spent time on loan at Nice and Olympique Marseille since he has been at the club and last season was a very successful one for him on an individual note.

The defender is now expected to be a part of Mikel Arteta’s team for the upcoming season.

There have been reports that he could still leave Arsenal, with Marseille keen to have him back in their squad.

However, Romano insists he is staying unless a suitor makes a huge offer for his signature.

The transfer insider tweeted: “William Saliba situation. Rumours on loan move are wide of mark, Arsenal board and Mikel Arteta both count on Saliba as part of the team for next season.

“Been told situation could only change in case of crazy bid. Arsenal trust him – keen on discussing a new contract.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

After watching him impress in 2021/2022, the one sensible thing Arsenal can do is to give Saliba a chance.

The club signed him because he showed great potential at a young age, and we need to give him a chance to prove that wasn’t a mistake.

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  1. Title says “definitely”, quote says “likely”.

    But yes, the player was bought for £27m and has been developed by Arsenal so it makes no sense to listen to bids below the purchase price.

    Rumours are Marseille offered £25/26m i.e. below what we paid for him. I’m not sure what game they’re playing but I assume they think they have an “in” with the player and are hoping that he agitates for a move.

    That would not be a good career move for Saliba.

  2. Who in his right senses would’nt expect him to stay except if they just want to do their daily duty.

  3. Marseille need to get the message, it isn’t happening. I’d chuckle at their measly offer, and tell them to double it before a transfer is even considered.

    For that 25 million it could get them any two of Xhaka, Mari, Torreira, AMN. Otherwise Saliba is staying and working his way into the lineup, hopefully. Not convinced by White’s performances, should have to fight and justify his starts now.

    1. If Marseille want a CB in the £25 million bracket then we have Mari and Rob Holding.. Can’t go into a car dealership and expect to pay £25,000 for a new Ferrari.
      You should be ready to pay a premium fee for premium products that you are desperate to own..

      £45-£50 million on the table or they should find another Boot sale to spend their £25 million at..

  4. As I said in a previous article:

    Saliba has declared that he belongs to Arsenal and wants to show the fans what he can do.
    I don’t know what else the player can say or do :

    Mikel Arteta has said that Saliba is part of his plans for next season and the club are working on a contract extension.
    I don’t know what else the manager can say or do.

    The player has been valued at £50,000,000 – I know what Marseille CAN DO – anyone else got a suggestion or two?

    1. Our persuit of Martinez is linked to Saliba staying or leaving. If we get Martinez expect a Saliba departure. Saliba is not “happy” at the prospect of sitting on the bench. His agent is actively trying to find a way of Saliba leaving because he is looking out for his clients future. He may stay but he won’t if we get Martinez.

        1. The two are linked ken, i speak to someone i know who is pretty reliable in his knowledge of football matters and he says that there is a link. Arsenal want Saliba to stay but they are not confident he will. Martinez is someone who they think can fill in at left CB and Midfield.

          1. Hope your source is wrong Reggie, as Martinez doesn’t appeal to me in any defensive role.
            It would be a waste of talent, but I see what your source is saying.

            1. Reggie, just realised I’ve got two players mixed up – my apologies.
              Still think Saliba will play for us next season though 🥵🥵🥵

            2. Martinez is someone who could play or cover LB, LCB, Midfield, he is highly rated but he has never played in the prem.

  5. so much believe i have in this lad “saliba” give him some game run, he’ll definitely outrun ben white for the 1x 11.

  6. this ought to be an interesting couple months when it comes to the player in question…still not sure if the LIsandro push is more about the possible sale of Saliba or Gabs, due to his favored left foot…I guess it’s possible that Lisandro’s positional flexibility could come in handy at both LB and DM, but you usually don’t offer up 35+M to have a guy sit on the bench…just saying

    1. Its like everything TRVL, all players are saleable and all players can be an interest to someone as the window moves on.

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