08:43 BST 06/10/2020
The Ligue 1 outfit had been hoping to see a familiar face return to their ranks, but delays on deadline day meant no move was made
St Etienne have put the blame for William Saliba’s deadline day frustration on Arsenal, with the Ligue 1 outfit claiming they had a loan deal lined up “long before the transfer window closed”.
A statement on the French club’s official website read: “Long before the transfer window closed, AS Saint-Etienne had reached an agreement with William Saliba and accepted Arsenal’s offer for a one-season loan.
“Unfortunately, all the administrative conditions could not be met in time, in England, for the completion of the deal.
“The disappointment is great for ASSE and William Saliba, who was particularly determined to return to a club where he has flourished.”
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