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Arsenal star William Saliba ‘wanted by Atletico Madrid’ as LaLiga giants eye transfer after impressive Marseille loan

ARSENAL loanee William Saliba is being eyed by Atletico Madrid ahead of the summer transfer window, reports suggest.

That is according to L’Equipe, who claim Atletico manager Diego Simeone is a “big admirer” of Saliba, who is currently on loan at Marseille.

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Arsenal’s William Saliba is being targeted by Atletico Madrid amid Marseille loanCredit: Rex

The centre-back has been very impressive this season with the OM as he has helped the team to second place in Ligue 1 and into the Europa Conference League semi-finals.

However, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is still undecided as to whether he wants the France international in his defence as he is happy with the pairing of Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes.

Atleti could take advantage of the situation as Simeone may sanction a move to boost his backline, with Stefan Savic and Felipe at the wrong end of 30.

It is not yet known how much the Spanish champions are willing to pay for Saliba but the North Londoners are reportedly setting the price at £35million.

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The 21-year-old is keen to stay at Marseille, who are also eager to try and sign him on a permanent basis.

The former St-Etienne star is also unwilling to spend next season on Arsenal’s bench.

Saliba recently said: “I definitely can’t settle for being on the bench at Arsenal and being happy with it. I want to be a starter.

“I make no secret of the fact that I am very happy at Marseille and there is always a chance that I will stay here.

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“I am playing a lot of matches and thanks to my performances I have become a full international.

“Arsenal are often in contact with my agent. They send me messages and they watch my matches.

“They tell me that I have to continue like this but today I don’t know what my future is and we will see what happens in discussions at the end of the season.”

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