Simeone is looking to boost his Atletico Madrid side after a disappointing season in La Liga and has set his sights on an Arsenal dropout as a potential recruit.
Saliba has yet to make his senior debut with the Gunners, despite signing for the Premier league giants three years ago. Instead, the defender has been sent on a series of loan moves, all back to his native France.
His last signing for Ligue 1 was for Marseilles, joining Jorge Sampaoli’s team this season. Saliba has thrived at the Orange Velodrome, becoming a key piece of Sampaoli’s starting defense.
He has made 45 appearances in all competitions, starting all but one in Ligue 1. The Frenchman’s defensive performances have helped Les Phocéens emerge as Paris Saint-Germain’s closest rivals.
They seem ready to secure a place in the Champions League next season, with Marseille keen to bring Saliba back to the club when his loan deal ends. But for this, he will face competition from Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid.
According signingsSimeone is ‘immersed’ in the search for defensive reinforcements after a disappointing campaign in LaLiga. And Saliba has emerged as a player on the ‘radar’ of the current champion of Spain.
The news website cites a report from L’Equipe which assures that Atlético has put Saliba on its ‘agenda’ for next year. Although Saliba remains focused on Marseille, Atlético are said to be considering “taking action” this summer.
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signings He also claims that Simeone wants to bring in Saliba in an attempt to make a “quality leap” compared to his team’s defensive performances this season. His impressive performances at Marseille have marked him out for Atlético.
Arteta is said to have disregarded Saliba during his time at Arsenal, with the Gunners set to sell him this summer. The defender has no place in Arteta’s plans for next season, as Arsenal hope to use a sale to fund the reinforcement of other areas of their squad.
Atlético have been alerted to his availability with Simeone wanting a ‘high level’ signing to add ‘forcefulness and reliability’ to their defensive options. Saliba himself is considering a call-up to France’s senior team, making Atletico an ‘interesting option’.
While Arsenal are said to be ready to sanction a sale, Arteta has hinted that he wants to keep Saliba once he returns from Marseille. The Gunners manager has described him as a “long-term player” despite the fact that he has been loaned out on a succession of loans.
“I know that sometimes it is difficult to explain or understand after the money the club has spent to try to bring him in, to send him on loan,” Arteta said earlier in the season defending his decision to send Saliba to Marseille.
“But a lot has happened to him, he is a long-term player for us and we need to protect him as well. And giving him three or four games is not enough. He is very happy to go there now. Hopefully he can enjoy his football and get ready for the next season”.