William Saliba is willing to return to Saint-Ettiene on loan in January, and could even take a huge wage cut to do so, according to reports.
Saliba signed for Arsenal last summer, but immediately returned to the French side to build experience. The loan spell did not entirely go to plan.
In the end, he made just 12 appearances in Ligue 1 before the season was curtailed. Saint-Ettiene were unable to push through a deal for him to return a second time.
Hence, it appeared Saliba would have a fresh start with Arsenal this season. However, that has not been the case.
Arsenal have not been able to find space for Saliba in their squad. Therefore, they did not register him to play in the Premier League or Europa League, essentially freezing him out of first team football.
Clearly, that has not been beneficial for his development – and coach Mikel Arteta knows it. Hence, there has been talk of another loan move for the teenager in January.
Now, Saint-Ettiene have stepped forward as a potential taker once more. According to Canal Plus (via Sport Witness), the French side still need a defender, and would gladly take Saliba back.
However, they may have some concerns about the finances of the deal. With that in mind, Saliba may have to make a sacrifice.
The report claims the defender could give up as much as €100,000 per month to re-join Saint-Ettiene on loan. He is willing to do so, and it is believed Arteta will not stand in his way.
Wilshere discusses Arsenal return
Meanwhile, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says that returning to the north London club would be a “dream” after his recent fall from grace.
The 28-year-old is currently a free agent after West Ham terminated his contract in October.
Reports have indicated that Rangers are leading the race for his signature. Speaking to the ITV Football Football Show, however, Wilshere said that the Emirates Stadium would be an ideal next destination.