Barcelona ‘looking at Arsenal defender William Saliba as alternative to Jules Kounde this summer’
Barcelona ‘could turn their attention to Arsenal star William Saliba if they miss top defensive target Jules Kounde this summer’… with Nou Camp chiefs considering alternatives as Sevilla defender closes in on move £55m to Chelsea
- Barcelona could make a move for Arsenal defender William Saliba this summer
- The Spanish giants will bid for Saliba if they fail to bring Jules Kounde to the club
- Arsenal are keen to keep the Frenchman and see him as part of their plans
- Saliba has spent the last three years on loan and is yet to appear for the Gunners
Barcelona could swoop in for Arsenal defender William Saliba if he fails in his bid to bring Jules Kounde to the club this summer.
The French defender spent last season on loan at Marseille, where he was included in the Ligue 1 squad of the season and named the league’s Young Player of the Year, as he helped the club finish second behind PSG.
Saliba, 21, is now back at Arsenal and seen as an important part of Mikel Arteta’s squad for the next campaign, although he has yet to make a single competitive appearance for the club.
Barcelona target Arsenal defender William Saliba as potential new centre-back
Saliba (third from right) enjoyed a successful loan spell with Marseille last season in Ligue 1
Saliba tops a list of alternative defensive options for Barcelona, who could make an offer if they fail to land number one target Jules Kounde.
As well as the Arsenal star, Barca are also following Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol, Athletic Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez and Roma’s Roger Ibanez.
Saliba signed for Arsenal in a £27million deal in 2019 but has since spent three separate loan spells away from the club in Ligue 1.
Mikel Arteta reportedly ready to give William Saliba first-team opportunity at Emirates
Barcelona’s number one target is Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who could cost £55m
Sevilla’s Koundé remains Barcelona’s preferred option but Xavi and Co are aware they are no longer leading the race to sign the France international.
Chelsea are currently in pole position to sign Kounde and have tabled a £55million bid for his services, which is being discussed by the Spanish club.
However, Barcelona are said to be the player’s preferred destination and he could wait for a move to Camp Nou.
Barcelona keen to bring Aston Villa’s teenage star Carney Chukwuemka to the club
Barcelona, who this week finally agreed a deal to bring Robert Lewandowski to the club, are also preparing a second Premier League raid after making a bid for young Aston Villa star Carney Chukwuemeka.
The Catalans are the first to sign the midfielder ahead of PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle, who are all monitoring the situation.
Chukwuemeka is yet to sign a new contract at Villa Park and the teenager could move to a club in Europe for a fee of around £300,000-£400,000 within a year. However, Villa have put a £20million price tag on their head for any interested parties willing to make a move this summer.