• Saint-Étienne claim conditions to extend loan ‘unacceptable’
  • Arsenal say they were unable to agree fitness plan with club

Arsenal are at loggerheads with Saint-Étienne after being accused by the Ligue 1 club of imposing “absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions” in negotiations to extend the loan of William Saliba.

The centre-back has spent the season with Saint-Étienne, from whom Arsenal signed him last July. The loan ended on Tuesday but the clubs had been looking to extend it so Saliba could play in the Coupe de France final against Paris Saint-Germain on 24 July. Mikel Arteta had indicated on Tuesday that Saliba would stay in France but a statement from Saint-Étienne several hours later said negotiations had collapsed.

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