Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, according to reports in France.
The 18-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Ligue 1 side, making 19 appearances in all competitions.
The 6’ 4’’ defender helped Saint-Etienne achieve a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 and has reportedly attracted interest from around Europe due to his impressive displays last season.
The French publication claim the Gunners are now in advanced talks to sign Saliba and could have the deal done in the coming weeks.
Its thought that Saint-Etienne are looking for £25million for the young centre-back, and Watford and Southampton are also interested in his services.
Lauren told AmericanGambler.com:
‘Yes, he looks a very good player
‘Strong, tall, can come out of the back with the ball and an international for France.
‘He reads the game very well, which is important for a player at the back, you have to anticipate and he looks very good at just 18, so the future is bright!’
Arsenal defensive frailties were once again evident last season and it’s believed Unai Emery will address the situation during the summer transfer window.