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Transfer news – Arsenal transfer target William Saliba spotted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal fans have been given huge encouragement regarding an imminent new signing after star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were spotted with club target William Saliba.

Aubameyang and Lacazette were in attendance during Saint-Etienne’s pre-season clash against Marseille in Washington, watching on from the sidelines.

The striker partners were seen chatting away to Saliba and Co at pitchside, adding fuel to the fire of speculation that the 18-year-old centre-back is heading to the Emirates.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right corner, with cap) and Alexandre Lacazette (top) have been spotted with Arsenal transfer target William Saliba (far right)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right corner, with cap) and Alexandre Lacazette (top) have been spotted with Arsenal transfer target William Saliba (far right)

Aubameyang dropped by to watch his former club Saint-Etienne play in a friendly match

Aubameyang dropped by to watch his former club Saint-Etienne play in a friendly match

Saliba has been monitored by a host of elite European sides, with Arsenal set to pay in the region of £28million for his services.

Aubameyang, dressed in a multi-coloured tshirt, was seen floating between Lacazette and the Saint-Etienne players on the sidelines.

Saliba received plenty of attention, with supporters approaching to ask for his autograph as well as those of the spectating Arsenal players. 

The Gunners are understood to have won the race after convincing the youngster he would become part of a refreshed back-line in north London, with plenty of game time opportunity.

The 18-year-old defender was approached at pitchside by fans and asked for autographs

The 18-year-old defender was approached at pitchside by fans and asked for autographs

Any deal however is expected to conclude with Arsenal purchasing the player before sending him back to his former club on loan for the season. 

Manager Unai Emery has been desperately seeking to enhance his porous defence, and saw his desire to sign players increase after club captain Laurent Koscielny refused to attend pre-season tour in hope of securing a transfer.

Both Lacazette and Aubameyang have strong connections to French football after previously spending part of their respective careers in Ligue 1.

Aubameyang remains a popular figure at Saint-Etienne, scoring 41 goals in 97 appearances for the club from 2011 to 2013 before joining Borussia Dortmund

Saint Etienne also afforded a warm welcome to Aubameyang and uploaded a video of the forward being reunited with several of his old team-mates before the game.

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7272595/Transfer-news-Arsenal-transfer-target-William-Saliba-spotted-Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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