Newcastle United among three clubs ‘interested’ in £27m Arsenal defender, Marseille ‘not giving up’

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Newcastle target Saliba Credit: PA Images
Newcastle target Saliba Credit: PA Images

According to reports, Newcastle United are among three European clubs ‘interested’ in signing William Saliba from Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners paid a fee in the region of £27m to sign the centre-back in 2019 from Saint-Etienne.

Saliba is yet to make his debut for Arsenal. He joined Marseille on loan ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

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The 21-year-old has shone for the Ligue 1 side this term. He won the league’s Young Player of the Year award and he was named in Ligue 1’s Team of the Year.

Saliba looks likely to return to Arsenal this summer, with Mikel Arteta suggesting that he “has to come back”.

Fabrice Hawkins – journalist for RTL France – is reporting that Arsenal do ‘want to keep’ Saliba.

Though it is stated that should he end up leaving, Newcastle, Napoli and Atletico Madrid would be ‘interested’ in him.

It is also acknowledged that the hierarchy at Marseille ‘have not given up on the idea of bringing him back’.

Elsewhere, Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff has named manager Eddie Howe as a key factor in him signing a new three year deal on Tyneside.

The 24-year-old’s contract had been due to expire this summer but the club have confirmed he has today signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2025.

“I’m over the moon. To sign for three more years at your hometown club – especially with the way the club’s going and what the owners are putting in place – is really special for me and my family, and a day I’ll never forget.

“You need to be in the right place to learn and keep improving, and since the first day the new manager’s come in, I’ve loved every second of working with him.”

“Being able to work with him every day, and his staff, they always want to help you get better and I think that’s the biggest thing for me.

“I speak to the manager loads, and he’s assured me that he wants to keep helping me improve and the goals he thinks I can achieve.

“They align with what I think I can achieve as well. It’s really special. Everyone is moving in the same direction and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

 

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