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Arsenal and Tottenham handed William Saliba transfer warning by Saint-Etienne bigwig

That two north London clubs are currently battling it out to land Saint-Etienne’s talented central defender.

The Gunners have opened talks over a potential £25m swoop for Saliba, who impressed in Ligue 1 last season.

But Spurs are also sniffing around with a view to signing him as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen.

Yet it could be the case that neither club manage to get their hands on the prized transfer target this summer.

Ghislain Printant, the new man in charge at Saint-Etienne, says the French outfit are under no financial pressure to sell.

And the chief indicated that Sailba is prepared to spend at least one more season in his homeland.

“The sale of Saliba is not an absolute necessity,” Printant said.

“There is no urgency [to do so]. He is courted by clubs.

“From a sporting point of view we want to keep him next season and that’s his wish too. He still has room for development [here].

“We will see. Our goal is for him to be with us again this season.”

Saliba enjoyed a breakthrough season with Saint-Etienne in 2018-19, making 17 appearances across all competitions.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen on defensive reinforcements after his side conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last term.

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