No purchase option in William Saliba’s loan contract with Marseille
There are several ways to look at William Saliba’s situation at Arsenal, but it may take a few more years to determine if it has been handled properly.
There are many fans who are understandably annoyed that the club has spent money on a player who is still far from the first team despite obvious talent, but you can also say that Mikel Arteta is simply considering his development longer. term.
Football is full of promising young defenders who have been given too much responsibility too soon and they end up losing confidence and their development only comes to a halt, so if Arteta doesn’t plan to play him next season a loan to Marseille might be the best possibility for him:
? Exclusive: Arsenal defender William Saliba should join Marseille on loan. Not done but 20 years old chose #OM among many options and now the clubs have to come to an agreement. #AFC want him to play all season – always as part of a long-term thinking @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/RemZlyyb5J
– David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 2, 2021
It will be his third loan in Ligue 1 after stints with Nice and St Etienne, but Marseille are a bigger club with very demanding supporters so that could be the making of the young defender if he handles the pressure and pulls it off. good.
Of course, there is concern that Arsenal are ready to write him off and just want to sell him, but this latest update suggests that is not the case at all:
William Saliba (20) has chosen to join Marseille on loan without an option to buy – while waiting for OM and Arsenal to conclude the agreement. https://t.co/peLuNeCv6o
– Receive French football news (@GFFN) July 3, 2021
If there is no call option included, that fully suggests that the plan is to bring him back to summer 2022 with a view to giving him a chance on the team, but even if they want the sell, so it always looks like they made the right choice.
From Arsenal’s perspective, a call option would only limit what they could sell him for, and the club would be ridiculed if they had an exceptional year before being sold for less than market value.
Everything here indicates that Saliba ultimately has a future in Arsenal’s first team, but it will just take more patience than you would expect when you consider he was. bought for Â£ 27million.