Tottenham Hotspur appear to be in the process of hijacking Arsenal's proposed deal for Saint-Etienne talent William Saliba after it has been reported the 2019 Champions League finalists have trumped their north London rivals and are set to finalise their own agreement.
Saint-Etienne centre-back Saliba has been heavily linked with Arsenal this summer, with reports previously indicating that the 18-year-old was set to join the Gunners prior to being loaned back to the French side for the season.
Arsenal were confident of sealing the deal for an amount around £27m, with only a few more details of the deal remained to be sorted out.
The player also has personal terms agreed with Arsenal, but it has been claimed Tottenham have barged into the negotiations at the last moment.
But their bitter nemesis Tottenham Hotspur, who had been keeping tabs on the situation, have made a move to sabotage Arsenal's nearly done deal.
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However, Tottenham have made a last-ditch attempt to secure the services of the France Under-20 global by offering a marginally better deal.
This translates to the fact that Arsenal will have to come up with an improved offer to get their man, which could prove to be hard for the club because of their financial restraints.
Spurs may well be preparing for life without Toby Alderweireld.
Bouhafsi further implied that Arsenal's difficulty in agreeing add-ons with Saint-Etienne was the reason the deal had not been completed.
Arsenal are also pursuing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 22, and hope to recruit a central midfielder and winger.