Arsenal reject William Saliba transfer approach from Marseille after loan spell with defender in Mikel Arteta's plans | The Sun
ARSENAL have rejected a transfer offer from Marseille for defender William Saliba, reports claim.
Saliba spent last season on loan with the Ligue 1 side who wanted to make his switch permanent.
They were reportedly set to offer Arsenal £26million for the French centre-back.
But the Gunners have rebuffed Marseille's approach for Saliba, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
However, the French side are wasting no time and have already identified alternatives to Saliba, the report adds.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta sees Saliba as a valuable member of his squad for the upcoming season.
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The 21-year-old's contract expires in 2024, but Arsenal have already held positive talks with him over an extension.
He hasn't kicked a ball for the Gunners since joining from Saint-Etienne in 2019.
However, Saliba revealed in early June that he plans to show the club his capabilities next season.
Saliba will feature amongst a new-look Arsenal side that's been revamped by Arteta this summer.
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The Spanish tactician has already signed goalkeeper Matt Turner, along with winger Marquinhos, and attacking maverick Fabio Vieira.
Turner's arrival from MLS side New England Revolution was confirmed on Monday.
And Man City striker Gabriel Jesus is on the brink of being added to that list.
While the Gunners still aggressively pursue Leeds ace Raphinha.
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