Marseille president Pablo Longoria meets with William Saliba’s agent

As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Marseille president Pablo Longoria met with Arsenal defender William Saliba’s agent in London last night with OM still harbouring hopes of persuading Saliba to join the French club before the end of the transfer window.

The 21-year-old French international spent a productive season on loan at the Velodrome last year, winning Ligue 1’s young player of the year award while making his France national team debut. With the World Cup coming this November, Saliba has reportedly been focused on making Didier Deschamps squad for Qatar, and was looking for consistent game time to keep his place in the party.

Despite returning to Arsenal for pre-season at the end of his loan, having become key to OM, the club had hoped to keep Saliba in one form or another for the coming campaign but that now looks unlikely. Longoria had reportedly been plotting a late summer move should the defender not get the required minutes early in the season at Arsenal.

However, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has been outwardly impressed by the defender in pre-season and Romano now reports the London side consider the Frenchman an important part of the team, despite the player reportedly not planning to extend his Arsenal deal, which expires in 2024, as it stands.

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