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Arsenal make U-turn in talks with Saint-Etienne after ‘angering’ William Saliba

Arsenal and Saint-Etienne are locked in discussions over William Saliba (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have reportedly restarted talks with Saint-Etienne regarding William Saliba being able to play in the Coupe de France final later this month.

Saliba, 19, completed a £27million move to the Emirates last summer but was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 campaign.

Though the impact of the coronavirus crisis on French football meant the Ligue 1 season came to an end back in April, Saint-Etienne still have their French Cup final clash with Paris Saint-Germian to play on July 24.

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Saliba’s temporary agreement expired at the end of last month and Saint-Etienne have been desperate for Arsenal to grant them permission to field the defender for one more game.

However, Saint-Etienne and Arsenal announced that discussions had been unsuccessful last week, with the French club criticising the Gunners for their ‘unacceptable sports and financial conditions’.

And while Arsenal signalled that they would not back down…