Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly hijacked Arsenal’s bid to sign a highly-rated 18-year-old central defender this summer, right at the last minute.

The Guardian report that Arsenal had already agreed terms with the youngster for a five-year contract, and the club were only minor details away from agreeing a deal with St Etienne.

However, Spurs have now swooped in and offered a better deal than their North London rivals, offering something in the region of €30 for the player’s signature (RMC).

With Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both in the final year of their respective contracts, Pochettino may be looking to invest in a long-term replacement.

It is said that Tottenham have edged ahead of Arsenal in the race as they have included a rather tempting add-on in that Saliba would be allowed to spend the next season on loan at St-Etienne.

Tottenham fans will love this, as it comes just a day after Arsenal centre-back and captain, Laurent Koscielny, refused to join the squad on their pre-season tour (BBC).

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