The Arsenal centre-back has been identified as one of the club’s potential targets as Jean-Pierre Rivère looks to add more reinforcements in the defensive unit.
As per British and French media, Nice are keen to land Arsenal centre-back William Saliba.
The France international joined Arsenal from Saint-Étienne for a fee in the region of 30 million euros in July 2019. His contract expires in the summer of 2024.
The 19-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in France.
William Saliba has represented France at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, winning 22 caps and scoring 4 goals.
The France international centre-back has struggled to adapt to English football and he could be made available for a loan this winter.
Nice are looking to sign a centre-back and have identified the 19-year-old as potential transfer target.
Rivère has always keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe. He is a long term admirer of Saliba and believes he can get the most out of the France international.
The Arsenal centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. His arrival would give Nice some much needed tactical flexibility.
According to the report, “The 19-year-old joined the Gunners in a £27 million deal last year from St. Etienne. But Mikel Arteta decided against including Saliba in either his Premier League or Europa League squads. As such, the young defender has been regularly in the U23s in anticipation for a loan move in January. And according to But! Football Club in France, Nice have put their hand up to sign Saliba.”
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Nice will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Saliba to join the club.
Good signing for Nice?
Undoubtedly he would be a fantastic recruit for Nice.
A move to Nice is exactly what Saliba needs to reignite his career, and we hope he is able to do just that.
As for the player, Nice could be a great place for him to grow as a footballer. They will be able to provide him with regular first-team football and he will be coached by a very good manager like Adrian Ursea.
It will be interesting to see where the player ends up this winter.
Would William Saliba be a good signing for Nice?
Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.