Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Marseille over a potential loan deal for Matteo Guendouzi. The Gunners have been looking to get the 21-year-old off the books all summer but they are yet to make a breakthrough.
The curly-haired midfielder was brought in from Lorient by Unai Emery in 2018 and looked destined for a big future at the Emirates Stadium.
Guendouzi was a regular under Mikel Arteta, following his appointment back in December 2019, however, his spat with Neal Maupay in the summer proved to be a step too far and the Spaniard ordered him to train alone.
Arteta and Guendouzi are also said to have clashed while away with the club in February, during a mid-season trip to Dubai.
Now he could potentially be about to leave the club because French outlet Telefoot claim Arsenal are in talks with Marseille over a potential loan.
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The deal is said to be complicated though but given Arsenal are open to letting him go, there is every chance it could happen before the October 5 deadline.
Arsenal are set to push hard for his compatriot Houssem Aouar in the coming days.
The Gunners saw an offer of £32million rejected by Lyon but now they intend to up the ante and test president Jean-Michel Aulas’ resolve.
Speaking earlier this summer, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed Arsenal have offered Guendouzi around as part of various swap deals.
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“We will have to say what will happen with Guendouzi,” Romano told Arsenal Fan TV.
“They offered him to Italian clubs, also to Atletico Madrid, also to Paris Saint-Germain, they all said ‘no’.
“It’s the same for Inter Milan and Tottenham for Tanguy Ndombele and Milan Skriniar.
“Inter say he is €60m and Tottenham say for me he is €30million but it’s a big problem if you want to do a swap deal.
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“The same is happening for Guendouzi. They have made an important valuation on the player of around €40million.
“To go to Paris Saint-Germain, to Atletico Madrid to Juventus offering the player.
“They were looking for a swap deal but couldn’t find any agreement, which I think is normal.
“In this summer, I don’t think anyone will pay €40m for Guendouzi.”
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