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Marseille sure of Saliba return for good – Sporting Life

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Marseille are still ‘confident’ they can land Arsenal defender William Saliba on a permanent basis.

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The France international enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with the Ligue 1 outfit last term.

He .ed 52 matches across all competitions as the French side finished second in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.

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Saliba is set to return to his parent club for pre-season in the coming weeks and has already expressed his desire to battle for a starting place under Mikel Arteta.

Having not .ed a single competitive first-team game for the Gunners, t. have been doubts about whether or not he is part of the Spanish manager’s plans.

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Various reports in France are still reporting that Saliba could return to Marseille on a permanent basis.

Earlier this week, Foot Mercato claimed that the Olympiens are ‘ready to make a real financial effort to convince Arsenal to let go of their .er’.

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And now RMC Sport are reporting that Marseille are willing to commit €25m to €30m to sign the 21-year-old.

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They ‘remain confident’ of completing the signing as Saliba ‘sees himself returning’ to the team he had so much success with in 2021/22.

Marseille are ‘ready to make an effort’ to capture the young defender, and his former teammate and ex-Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has backed Saliba to return.

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“William [Saliba] now has Marseille in his heart,” said Guendouzi. “I’m sure that he’ll come back to Marseille next season.

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