Napoli make an enquiry for Arsenal’s William Saliba

William Saliba could leave Arsenal this summer, with Napoli ramping up their effort to sign the highly-touted defender amid uncertainty over Kalidou Koulibaly’s future.

According to journalist Gianluigi Longari, Napoli have now started making enquiries for Arsenal’s William Saliba. The Azzurri’s interest in the defender, regarded as one of the best in his age group, is prolonged. The club likes the player and wants to sign him this summer.

Arsenal signed Saliba under the reign of Unai Emery. Spending a substantial transfer fee, the Gunners secured the youngster’s services in 2019 only to allow him to spend another season with Saint-Étienne.

After Emery got the sack at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta took his place and preferred loaning Saliba out so that the player could grow and gain further experience. Since then, he has been out on a couple of loan spells. Last season, the talented prodigy was with Olympique de Marseille, where he played 36 games in Ligue 1.

Nevertheless, Saliba is set to return to Arsenal, but several questions hover around his future in London. The 21-year-old has a contract at Arsenal until June 2024.

Napoli remain interested but are sceptical about the player’s high valuation. Amid all, Napoli are also running the risk of losing Kalidou Koulibaly this summer at a minimal price as the Senegalese’s contract with the club expires in June 2023.

Jyotirmoy Halder

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