Despite only signing for Arsenal in July, William Saliba has found himself in the sights of European giants Real Madrid.The 18-year-old France youth international joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne for a fee of up to £27million, before joining his former side on a season-long loan.The central defender had been tipped to become a key cog in Unai Emery’s side from the 2020/21 season, but could seek an exit with the Spaniard’s future uncertain.
Spanish outlet Central Defense have now claimed that Zinedine Zidane has added Saliba to his extensive list of transfer targets, as he looks to find a new Rafael Varane. Related articles
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Zidane is said to have personally requested that all three are monitored as potential signings for the future.Madrid were linked with Saliba earlier in the year before Arsenal secured his signature and Florentino Perez eventually signed Eder Militao from Benfica.However Saliba has continued to impress having been loaned back to St Etienne for the rest of the season.
St Etienne boss Claude Puel recently questioned Salibas Arsenal transfer, which went through before he joined the club, as his slammed their short-term mentality of the past.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to monitor an Arsenal player (Image: GETTY)
William Saliba joined Arsenal for hefty fee in the summer before leaving on loan (Image: GETTY) Trending Puel told LEquipe: “It’s done, adopted and I’ve got nothing to say because it helped perform.
Saint-Etienne have held their rank these past few years. Finishing fourth is a great result. Work was done in the short-term.Is this model viable? I don’t think it can make the club a success. Rather than buying a ready-made player, I’d rather we buy him to develop him and help him grow.It’s hard to accept that we sell our best player, a young kid, to help fill the squad.
When you have to sell your gems to round up the budget and then do short term deals to fill in the gaps, you’re being reactionary.
Arsenal defender William Saliba is a shock target for Real Madrid (Image: GETTY) When the current Arsenal boss was asked whether he would like to have Saliba to choose from this season, Emery replied:“Really I am with patience because we want to choose the best solution.
.“Some players are very expensive and we are waiting for this possibility. We don’t want now to go to the second line of players.“We are waiting. We have very good players. We have very good young players.”..