Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a loan move for William Saliba in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Saliba future unclear
As per Sky Sports, Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion, leaving the future of Saliba very much unclear.
The central defender spent the 2020/21 season on loan at OGC Nice, but with White potentially coming to the Emirates Stadium for big money, it certainly casts doubt over how much game time he would be allowed.
The Latest: Saliba loan?
According to the Daily Mail, the St. James’ Park faithful are eyeing a potential loan move for Saliba, as they monitor his situation at the Gunners.
They are said to be keeping tabs on the Frenchman, although their transfer business is on hold at present as Mike Ashley continues to discuss the proposed takeover in the North East from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group.
The Verdict: Sign
Bought for a hefty £27m in July 2019 despite only being a teenager, Mikel Arteta’s team clearly saw a lot of potential in Saliba, and the Magpies could certainly take advantage by furthering his development.
He has no shortage of admirers, none more so than former Tyneside club stars Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, have both sung his praises in the past (Ligue 1 podcast).
Should Newcastle sign Saliba?
Saliba was a regular starter in Ligue 1 last term, and certainly showed just how talented he is already despite being 20 years of age, winning no fewer than 3.5 of his duels a game while also averaging four clearances and 1.3 interceptions per match (Sofascore).
Nonetheless, he would certainly be another good option to have for Steve Bruce.
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