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Marseille to launch major €30m William Saliba move

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As reported by RMC, Marseille are now expected to pursue a permanent transfer for Arsenal defender William Saliba after the 21-year-old France international’s successful loan spell with OM this season.

The outlet report that Marseille are willing to commit €25m to €30m to sign the centre-back who became Jorge Sampaoli’s defensive leader in the second half of the season as OM finished second in Ligue 1 on a dramatic final day, qualifying directly for next season’s Champions League group stages.

A fee like €30m would be a huge sum for OM to spend on a single player but have been buoyed by the DNCG, French football’s strict financial watchdog, ratifying their budget for next season and removing previous restrictions on spending. The Ligue 1 club are prepared to pay such an amount given that Saliba is a safe bet after his form this season, that he’s fully integrated into the squad and that, at 21, he carries significant future resale value.

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