Arsenal defender William Saliba is reportedly the topic of contemporary curiosity from Serie A aspect Atletico Madrid as they’re plotting a ‘generational change’.
The centre-back returned to the Gunners in the summertime following a spell on mortgage at Marseille in Ligue 1.
Saliba’s time on mortgage in France did him a world of fine as he was among the finest defenders within the league final season.
His future at Arsenal was nonetheless unclear heading into the summer season and Atletico Madrid have been among the many golf equipment linked with him.
Arsenal ultimately did sufficient to tempt Saliba to stay on the membership, they usually have reaped the rewards of that this season.
Saliba has been one of many Premier League’s breakout stars this time period and he now appears to be like more likely to begin for France on the World Cup this winter.
Madrid will little doubt be gutted that they have been unable to signal Saliba, particularly with how they’ve began the brand new season.
The Spanish outfit at present sit 9 factors adrift of league leaders Actual Madrid in La Liga. They’ve additionally exited Europe after ending backside of their Champions League group.
Diego Simeone’s aspect have been overwhelmed 2-1 by Porto of their ultimate group sport on Tuesday evening so that they find yourself behind them, Membership Brugge and Bayer Leverkusen.
Spanish outlet Fichajes are reporting that Atletico have a ‘large drawback’ at centre-back with Felipe, Stefan Savic, Jose Maria Gimenez ‘not on the degree anticipated of them’.
Simeone’s aspect have been recognized for having a strong defence prior to now however they now have to ‘reinforce’ their backline.
The report lists three gamers who’re admired by Atletico Madrid, and Saliba is amongst them.
It’s recommended that Atletico Madrid got here ‘actually shut’ to signing him earlier than he joined Arsenal. Additionally they ‘returned to the fray final season’ following his ‘explosion at Marseile’.
Fichajes additionally state that it’s certainly one of Simeone’s ‘nice needs’ to signal Saliba however he’s thought-about ‘untouchable by Mikel Arteta’.’
The opposite gamers on the agenda for Atletico Madrid are Athletico Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez and Torino’s Perr Schuurs.
Saliba could be fairly silly to go away Arsenal for Atletico Madrid for the time being given the trajectory that each golf equipment are on.
Whereas Madrid are floundering, the Gunners are high of the Premier League and they’re by means of to the knockout phases of the Europa League.
The defender is out of contract in 2024 and Arsenal are determined to tie him right down to an extended deal.
David Ornstein of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Londoners have ‘make a proposal to Saliba’. The report states.
‘These early talks have since become formal negotiations and Arsenal have now made a proposal.
‘There isn’t any settlement to date however the dialogue will proceed, because the north London aspect attempt to tie down a participant who seems basic to Arteta’s crew and has many admirers throughout Europe’.
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