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25-07-2019 | 11:13 Football

Former Arsenal striker slams £27million William Saliba transfer

Arsenal are on the verge of completing their second transfer of the summer transfer window by securing a deal for William Saliba. The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League and now are focused on bolstering the squad by adding new names. Saliba is set to undergo a medical at the Emirates but will immediately be loaned back to the French club before linking up with Arsenal next summer. Former Arsenal player Aliadiere has been critical of the Gunners’ decision to sign Saliba as he  cannot understand why Arsenal would spend £27m on a player who will not play for the club for a whole year. "Defensively is where Arsenal need to strengthen the most and they’re pretty close to signing the French Under 20 international Saliba," the former striker told 888sport. "But I have heard they’re going to sign him then loan him back to France for a season so I’m a bit surprised they are spending almost £30m on a defender and giving him back straight away. I don’t understand that type of business. ‘I’m not sure if right now we can afford to buy a player for the future, we need players to come in and improve the team right now because that’s where we struggled last year." Aliadiere added: "It’s frustrating when you see a club like Leicester, who with all respect to them are a smaller club, spending £75m so far this summer. Yet Arsenal can’t seemingly afford to spend the money that Leicester can. It’s difficult to understand where the money goes. I remember when we moved to the Emirates and Arsene Wenger telling us that money will be tied up in the stadium for the next ten years so and that transfer fees will be a bit limited. But that has passed and the stadium has been paid off. Given that, you can understand the frustrations of the supporters when it’s reported that there is only a transfer budget of £45m."

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