Saint-Etienne have slammed Arsenal for “imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions” after they failed to secure a loan extension for defender William Saliba.
The Frenchman has spent the season with the Ligue 1 club after the Gunners had bought the teenager last summer for £27 million ($33m) only to loan him straight back to Saint-Etienne.
While the Ligue 1 season has been abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic, Saint-Etienne will face Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France on July 24.
Claude Puel’s side were therefore hoping to secure Saliba’s services for a little longer with his loan set to expire at the end of June, but they have been unable to strike a deal with Arsenal despite initial optimism.
“Saint-Etienne was pleased to learn yesterday Tuesday that Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach, was ready to leave William Saliba at the disposal of the club until the final of the Coupe de France,” a club statement read.
“William Saliba had been training for several days with Claude Puel’s group and was obviously very enthusiastic about the idea of finishing his course in Green with such a match.
“Alas, ASSE, which simply wanted the extension of the initial loan until July 24, could not find an agreement in the evening with Arsenal to allow the defender to properly prepare and play this meeting, the English club imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions.”
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