As per a report from French outlet L’Equipe, the payment terms of Arsenal’s deal for William Saliba will see the Gunners’ summer transfer budget take a minimal hit.
On the back of weeks of rumours, highly-regarded French stopper Saliba’s move to north London was finally made official earlier today.
Just hours after the announcement of Dani Ceballos’ arrival on loan from Real Madrid, Arsenal’s deal for Saliba was confirmed across the club’s social media platforms.
The 18-year-old is set to remain on loan with Saint-Etienne next season, to build further first-team experience.
Saliba will then join up with Unai Emery’s Arsenal squad next summer:
William will spend a season back on loan at @ASSEofficiel before joining our squad next summer.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2019
Savvy Arsenal business
One aspect of the Gunners’ deal for Saliba which was left undisclosed by both the capital giants and Saint-Etienne, however, was the fee splashed out by Arsenal to secure the teen’s signature.
French outlet L’Equipe, though, have this evening provided an insight into the financial terms of the deal.
And the news will no doubt come as music to the ears of the Arsenal faithful.
L’Equipe suggest that the transfer will come to a total of just under 30 million Euro.
Crucially, however, just 4 million Euro of this fee will be paid this summer.
As such, Arsenal’s summer transfer budget, which has been widely-reported to be of a minimal nature, will not suffer a major hit based on Saliba’s addition.
Arsenal will pay €4 million for William Saliba from this summer’s budget. [L’Equipe]
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