FOOTBALL – OM, LOSC, Nice Mercato : Saliba, Arsenal’s verdict expected
Unwanted by Arsenal, William Saliba is not short of courtiers in Europe, especially in Ligue 1. The central defender is on the table of OM, LOSC and OGC Nice. But the player trained at Saint-Etienne to sign his return to England.
OM, Nice, LOSC : There is a lot of activity in Ligue 1 for William Saliba
William Saliba, trained at ASSE, joined OGC Nice last season for a loan ending on June 30. The management of the Aiglons would like to continue to take advantage of the talent of the Arsenal player. But the attraction does not seem very reciprocal. The reason, several clubs more prestigious than the team of the French Riviera have positioned themselves to recruit him. Both qualified for a European Cup unlike the Gym, LOSC and Olympique Marseille are courting the former Stephanois.
Indeed, OM, the only French club to have won a Champions League, is interested in signing him. The Phocaean club has the wind in its sails this summer with several signatures already in place. Gerson, Cengiz Ünder, Mattéo Guendouzi, Pau Lopez or Leonardo Balerdi (whose purchase option has just been lifted) have been made official. However, the Marseille team could lose Boubacar Kamara, hence the need for the Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli to find a successor, or even to double the position.
Which club for the former Stephanois?
The Argentine technician will see Luan Peres (Santos) land in central defense. An arrival that could throw a cold in the file William Saliba. The reason, the competition has not only intensified in this case, but also because Arsenal seems hesitant about the choice of club to which it will lend his player. The idea of successive loans of Saliba is for the Gunners a way to allow him to get to the level of the team. If, despite his loan spells at Saint-Etienne and Nice, there is still no question of integrating him into the first team, it is because the Ligue 1 where he comes from is not the best springboard to prepare him to win a starting place in Mikel Arteta‘s group.