Arsenal and Saint-Etienne have reportedly restarted negotiations over William Saliba’s availability for the Coupe de France final.
A report from L’Equipe (via GFFN) claims discussions are at a very advanced stage for the young defender to feature in the final on the 24th July.
Negotiations had initially broke down between the two clubs towards the end of June with both teams releasing separate statements.
The Ligue 1 side blamed Arsenal for ‘imposing absolutely unacceptable sporting and financial conditions’. Meanwhile, the Gunners claimed they tried to reach an agreement and were surprising at the French club’s unwillingness to follow a strict training schedule to support Saliba’s fitness.
Despite the initial problems, it appears that Saliba himself has played a driving role in the two club’s starting negotiations again. The report claims that upon returning to London, the 19-year-old expressed his severe disappointment at missing out on such an historic match with Saint-Etienne.
A positive outcome is now expected and Saliba should feature in the final at the end of the month. As part of the arrangement, it’s believed Saint-Etienne will have to remove the €2.5 million bonus that they would’ve received once the Frenchman played 17 games for the club.
Considering the final was supposed to be his 17th fixture, it’s unsurprising that this caused further tension between the two clubs.
With just over three weeks to go until the final is expected to kick off, lifting a trophy on his final game for Saint-Etienne would be the perfect way for Saliba to depart. We’re here wishing him the best!