Arsenal have been handed a major boost as it has emerged that all parties are ‘confident’ that star man William Saliba will extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium beyond his current contract.
Saliba is due to be a free agent in 2025 as things stand, and there had been concern about where his future would like amid reported interest from Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid.
Still just 22 years old, he was a vital cog in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side last season and their drop off coincided with a back injury that he picked up against Sporting in the Europa League, which ultimately saw him sidelined for the remainder of the campaign and the Premier League title return to Manchester City.
Following the confirmation of new deals for both Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka this season, all eyes turned to the Frenchman as the last of Arsenal’s young trio to commit their future to the north London side.
Now, according to reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, progress is being made on that front, with all parties confident over a new long term deal at the Emirates for Saliba.
Though not done yet, meetings are expected to be held in the coming hours with an agreement edging closer that will see Saliba extend his time with the Gunners.
His new contract could prove just as vital as any signing that the club make this summer, with the 22-year-old valued at 55m euros by transfer expert site transfermarkt and having formed a formidable partnership with Gabriel at the heart of the Arsenal defence.
The club are thought to be set to add another centre-back to their ranks before the new campaign, but that is to replace Rob Holding rather than Saliba in Arteta’s squad.