Manchester United made an approach for William Saliba before he signed his new deal with Arsenal, according to reports.
Saliba had only a year left on his contract with Arsenal and the Premier League club were growing concerned that he would not sign a new deal.
But, the North London club finally reached a breakthrough in negotiations and Saliba has now agreed to extend his deal until 2027.
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According to RMC Sport, Manchester United were interested in signing Saliba and had enquired about the player’s situation before he reached a new agreement with Arsenal.
The report also claims that Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were keen on a move for Saliba if his contract talks with Arsenal failed.
Saliba was signed in a £27m deal from Saint-Etienne in 2019 but did not make a first-team appearance before his spells at Nice & Marseille.
After impressing in pre-season last summer, Saliba was handed his first-team opportunity by Mikel Arteta and the 22-year-old defender was one of Arsenal’s key performers this campaign.
But, his season was cut short in March due to a back injury and the Frenchman was unavailable for Arsenal’s Premier League title run-in with Manchester City.
Arsenal is hopeful that Saliba will return to full fitness for the start of their pre-season preparations.