William Saliba - 18 year old centre back

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  1. Jun 19, 2019
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    Bastian Full Member

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    He looks extremely promising already playing in St-Étienne's first team (16 league games this season).

    Seems to time his challenges well, strong, and most significantly, seems very technically composed on the ball (especially for a tall player: 1.93 m).

    Will Arsenal just get a free run at him?



    Rumoured to go for 25-30m.
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    France have so many tall centre-backs coming through; Saliba, Zagadou, Badiashile, Kontate, Tobido, Diop, Diakhaby. What are they feeding them :lol:
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    A very good and promising prospect. I only watched him 5-6 times not that much but he gave me the impression of a very calm defender for his age. A beast in the air.
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    One of those modern CBS equally adept as an offensive fullback
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    red thru&thru Full Member

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    And yet we're rumoured to sell one of our own youth CB's. I'd rather give Axel a go than buy this guy.
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    OleGunnar20 Full Member

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    Who do we think will be the best of this crop of French CB's? I've heard Badiashille is highly regarded, Zagadou looks rough from what I've seen, Diop furthest developed - the rest I've no idea about.
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    pocco loco

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    I mentioned this in other threads but i heard a French journo raving about him on the radio. He Los really good on the ball, which you'd expect as he played as a CAM when he was younger apparently.
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    Really? I’ve only watched him a few times and that would be what I see as an area needs work. He’s a monster on the floor, very hard to get round or past. Uses the ball well also.
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    Whatever it is, it seems to beat beets in Africa. Imagine the talent if Africa had infrastructure.
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    Him and Joachim Andersen combined would seem to end up costing less than what West Ham want for Diop
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    He's the one I think we should be going for. Saliba looks a real talent though and could end up being a real bargain for Arsenal.
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    Water Melon before it dries out, eh

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    Fully agree. Send youth scouts there, get talented kids to proper football academies early enough and enjoy the future.
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    Rozay Master of Hindsight

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    We were close to signing Badiashile a couple of years ago, and I suspect he’s still very much on our radar, similarly to Upamecano.
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    haram New Member

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    Looks a good player from that video.
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    Looks a good signing for Arsenal.
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    Arsenal and ASSE are still discussing the transfer of # Saliba . Not yet agreed for the 2 clubs. Tottenham has for the first time contacted the # ASSE to inform them that they are discussing with the player and that they will make an offer in the next hours. # RMCsport
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    If Arsenal manages to get both Saliba and Zagadou, they will have the best CB pairing in EPL 21/22 onward for at-least 5,6 seasons. I don't know why we gave away stupid contracts to Smalling and Jones when there are so many young talented CBs available between 15 to 30 million range. Seems like we will miss out on this crop of young french defenders as well.
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    :houllier:. No, they definitely won't.
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    Gandalf Full Member

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    That is a pretty huge reach. There are multiple top class teenage CBs out there right now and a couple of them will become elite but most will end up as just decent top league players and a few will turn into busts. Saliba and Zagadou look promising but if their future were as assured as you think then much bigger clubs than Arsenal would be signing them up right now. I like Saliba but he is a punt at this point, one I would like us to take but still a punt.
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    Yes exactly... there are multiple too quality young defenders available not just these two, although we need to sign one proper CB, we can also go this route and sign Zagadou. These two look the most promising along with Todibo Barcelona signed . There were some news about we going for Badiashie, but currently he is a notch below these three. But definitely one to watch out for next season. But he plays for Monaco and they charge hefty sums for their promising players. Even a half decent season next year and they will be asking 50 60 millions for him.
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    This is getting more interesting. Think he'll be some player. And getting another year in France is probably ideal for him.

    Wouldn't be disappointed in seeing us joining the queue.
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    Lash Full Member

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    Spurs seem like a much more obvious destination. They don't need him this year and they will probably lose Verts or Alderweireld, or both next year. Foyth in their plans should have stepped up by then, but there's a clear path to the first team for him.
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    Spuds outbidding Arsenal, Arsenal are some serious trouble if Tottenham are going to outbid them.
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    Exactly, they might actually become world champions. I'm sure France are happy to accept Africa's best talent and the African talent are happy to have an EU passport and change the life of their families. So it won't change any time soon. Hopefully they send some money back to mother Africa and help build the infrastructure for the next generations to come.
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    :lol: poor arsenal
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    Not gonna lie, I don't know anything about the player, but just the idea of hijacking a deal from Arsenal does make me kinda happy.
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    Why are we not in for him ? Given what we have at CB anyone would be an improvement.
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    We need ready made CBs, that much is clear.
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    Yeah, but we can try avoiding another De ligt situation.
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    Seems like we're tracking Benoit Badiashile from Monaco who is also 18.
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    It's not about that. Our defence is a shitshow. We need a quick fix. You can understand why Ole would want to concentrate on £70m+ Maguire than another defensive project.
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    This is why we moved from Highbury to the Emirates? So we could get outbid for players by fecking Spurs :lol:
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    Probably a filter that automatically changes it.

    Brilliant.
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    VorZakone What would Kenny G do?

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