Arriving in Marseilles on July 15, William Saliba, hired for the season by the Gunners, was quick to conquer an entire nation. In fact, from the top of his 20s, Bondy’s child has quickly established himself as the true taulier of the Olympic defense. In the figures, this also translates into 35 fully played matches of the 36 matches played by OM in all competitions. In fact, the calm released by the captain of the French U23 team, exemplified by some life-saving return and the ability to revive, is much appreciated by his coach. Technically comfortable, impassable and reassuring to his friends in defence, the former Stéphanois is playing a near-perfect score for the time being in the city of Marseille. Saliba has become one of Jorge Sampaoli’s key men, exuding charisma and confusing leadership to watch over Pau Lopez’s goals. So how can you not want to keep it? At least that is the wish of President Pablo Longoria.
Asked by Provence this week, the Marseille president thus confirmed his wish to keep William Saliba next season. A task that does not look easy, especially as the 20-year-old defender, who was under contract with Arsenal until June 2024, arrived in the form of a loan with no option to buy. A fixed contractual situation that does not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the Marseille board, however. In this context, The team even reveals this Sunday that talks will start between the Marseille club and the player in March. And with that, Pablo Longoria seems to have several options (although the threat of a recruitment ban still hangs over the OM).
OM will have to fight to keep William Saliba!
Conquered by its central hinge Ben White-Gabriel, however, Arsenal are not going to let William Saliba slip away in whom London’s leaders have great hopes and admit to seeing the future with him. Therefore, to convince the Gunners to permanently separate from OM’s current No. 2, “The team” indicates that the leaders of Marseille will have to make an offer of at least 30 million euros. A hefty sum for third in Ligue 1, moreover, at a time when owner Frank McCourt is pressuring his employees to get money back. In spite of everything, hope remains and there is no doubt that OM’s qualification to the next Champions League could also be a strong case for claiming to keep the young defensive talent.
Finally, the daily also mentions that the Marseillais can also opt for a new loan, the best way to avoid having to close the checkbook and pay the aforementioned fee. If this option seems even more realistic, it will not be given there either, as it will certainly be a paying loan, much more expensive than the one obtained last July. In order to preserve his precious defensive asset and build a certain stability around him, Pablo Longoria is therefore warned: he will have to break the bank anyway. And this, not to mention the strong competition that awaits the boss of OM since then The team also specifies the interest “from two major Spanish clubs” as well as English and German stables. The ambitions are clear, the thresholds. Now it’s up to you to play President Longoria.