Arsenal's forgotten man William Saliba set to be handed transfer lifeline by AC Milan after three years in wilderness

AC MILAN are allegedly plotting a summer swoop for Arsenal’s forgotten man William Saliba.

Saliba joined the Gunners in a £27million deal from Saint-Etienne in 2019, but is yet to make his competitive debut for the first team.

The centre-back was instantly sent on loan to St-Etienne for the 2019-20 season, before being shipped out to Nice for the second half of last campaign.

And following the £50million arrival of Ben White at Arsenal in the summer, Saliba departed for Marseille with Mikel Arteta keen for him to play regular football.

He has been getting plenty of action and has so far made 48 appearances – as well as winning his first two caps for France in March.

Now the Daily Mirror are claiming that Italian giants Milan are keen on signing him.


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They are reportedly ready to ask the Gunners whether they are willing to let him leave on loan again during the summer or even sell permanently.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has previously hinted that he would be willing to give the ace an opportunity to impress at the Emirates.

But they could decide to cash in if Milan come knocking.

The San Siro outfit want him to partner England international Fikayo Tomori at the back.

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He has mostly been paired with converted right-back Pierre Kalulu in Stefano Pioli’s title-chasing team over recent months.

But with club captain Alessio Romagnoli out of contract in June, Milan want another centre-half to join their ranks and Saliba seems to fit the bill.

Saliba was asked about his future by RTL recently, but the Frenchman refused to comment as he remained coy on where he would be playing next campaign.

He said: "I prefer not to speak about my future, but I’m very good here.

“I don’t regret my decision. I have been very happy since day one.

"I have one year here and I am going to give my all.”

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