According to reports in France, Arsenal defender William Saliba was expected to return to Saint-Etienne on loan for the duration of the 2020-21 season, but his move back to the Ligue 1 side never happen.
Saint-Etienne have accused Arsenal of deliberately block William Saliba’s move back to the Geoffrey Stadium.
Arsenal signed the 19-year-old centre-back from the Ligue 1 side last summer but loaned him back to Les Verts for the duration of the 2019-20 season.
The France Under-20 international was expected to be handed a place in Arsenal’s starting XI upon his return but has yet to feature for the North Londoners this season.
And just a matter of hours after the closure of the international transfer window, Saint-Etienne have claimed they were meant to reacquire the defender’s services – insisting the deal collapsed because Arsenal failed to meet the “administrative conditions” in time.
“Long before the transfer window closed, AS Saint-Etienne had reached an agreement with William Saliba and accepted Arsenal’s offer for a one-season loan,” the Ligue 1 side said in an official statement.
“Unfortunately, all the administrative conditions could not be met in time, in England, for the finalisation of the file.
“The disappointment is great for ASSE and William Saliba, particularly determined to return to the club where he had flourished.”