By 90Min
July 12, 2019

Tottenham Hotspur appear to be in the process of hijacking Arsenal's proposed deal for Saint-Etienne talent William Saliba after it has been reported the 2019 Champions League finalists have trumped their north London rivals and are set to finalise their own agreement.

Arsenal were thought to have agreed a €30m deal with Saint-Etienne for Saliba, with the 18-year-old defender expected to stay with the Ligue 1 club on loan for the 2019/20 season.

However, in a potentially huge blow to Arsenal, both from a football and a pride perspective, RMC's Mohamed Bouhafsi has shared information on Twitter about a late Spurs offer for Saliba that eclipses the bid submitted by the Gunners.

It is said that while an agreement with Arsenal over the basic fee had been reached, Tottenham's offer of €30m, excluding add-ons, has exceeded Saint-Etienne's demands. As such there is set to be a meeting on Saturday that could finalise Saliba's move to Spurs instead.

Bouhafsi further implied that Arsenal's difficulty in agreeing add-ons with Saint-Etienne was the reason the deal had not been completed. Now, the offer from Spurs is seen as 'more important', leaving Arsenal needing to react fast or miss out on Saliba altogether.

BBC's David Ornstein subsequently tweeted that Tottenham are 'pushing hard to get the deal completed', explaining that Arsenal were in the 'very final stages'.

Ornstein had reported earlier this week that Arsenal were going to pay for Saliba instalments to avoid eating into their £45m summer budget. Whether the payment structure has anything to do with Tottenham being able to put together a more attractive offer remains to be seen.

Saliba could well become the third major Spurs signing of the summer after the club record arrival of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon and the capture of Leeds talent Jack Clarke.

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Arsenal, meanwhile, are still to make any additions to the squad that slumped to fifth in the Premier League last season. Edu has joined the club as a technical director, but the Gunners don't appear to be close to any acquisitions that would offer the squad an immediate boost.

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