Arsenal are set to complete signing of Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.
This is a 30m euro (£27m) deal that will see Saliba loaned back to the Ligue 1 club next season.
The Gunners will pay for the 18-year-old in instalments, which will not have a major impact on their restricted budget of around £45m for this summer.
Saliba is one of the most highly rated young centre-backs.
Saliba joined Saint-Etienne in 2016 and no announcement on Arsenal’s acquisition of the France Under-20 defender is expected for several days while the transfer is finalized.