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William Saliba will accept major pay-cut for Arsenal loan exit

William Saliba is willing to take a major pay-cut to get a loan move away from Arsenal this month.

The 19-year-old defender joined the Gunners for £27million in the summer of 2019 but has yet to make an appearance for Mikel Arteta's squad since his loan deal from Saint-Etienne expired last summer.

Canal Plus says Saliba is open to moving down to a £90,000-a-month salary in order to seal a move to former club Saint-Etienne.

Saliba, who is believed to earn around £160,000-a-month in his current Arsenal contract, came through the Saint-Etienne youth ranks and made his first-team debut in September 2018.

A breakthrough season in French football during the 2018-19 campaign, which saw the defender play 16 times in Ligue 1, caught the eye of Arsenal who signed the centre-back while Unai Emery was managing the club.

Saliba was loaned back to Saint-Etienne as part of Arsenal's agreement to sign the player but an injury hit season saw him feature just a dozen times in the French top-flight last term.

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