According to reports, William Saliba ‘absolutely wants to remain at Marseille as he does not want to be a ‘spare part’ at Arsenal.
The centre-back signed for the Gunners in 2019 from Saint-Etienne. They paid around £27m to bring him in.
The 21-year-old is yet to make his debut for Arsenal. He spent the 2021/22 season on loan in Ligue 1 with Marseille.
Saliba shone for the French side as he won Ligue 1’s Young Player of the Year award.
Speaking earlier this week, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisted that Saliba “has to come back”. His contract expires in 2024.
Despite this, Get French Football News are now reporting that Saliba ‘absolutely wants to remain at Marseille’. It is said that the French side and Arsenal ‘know his desire’.
The defender has ‘no intention of being a spare part’ at Arsenal. It is claimed that it is now up to Marseille ‘to make a compelling proposal’.
Elsewhere, according to reports, Arsenal are ‘interested’ in Inter Milan defender Federico Dimarco but they are unwilling to pay £20m for him.
Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares are currently Arsenal’s main options at left-back.
24-year-old Tierney is their preferred choice but he missed twelve Premier League games in 2021/22 through injury.
Tavares meanwhile signed for the Gunners last year for a fee in the region of £8m.
The ex-Benfica man struggled last term as he was criticised for his performances.
Dimarco has been an Inter Milan player since 2018. He has had spells on loan at Parma and Hellas Verona in recent years.