Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Tuchel has denied that Ligue 1 side want to sign Matteo Guendouzi this summer.
It was reported yesterday that the France under-21 international, who played for the Parc des Princes outfit at youth level, could be a target for the Champions League finalists with Julian Draxler, long touted as an Arsenal target, heading to the Emirates as part of the deal.
At this stage, we’re not sure in what context Tuchel made his statement, but Get France Football News, say the coach replied with a simple ‘No’ when asked if he was interested in our midfielder.
For Mattéo Guendouzi, after rejecting Valencia, Villarreal, Atalanta himself & Arsenal rejecting a lowball offer from one Premier League relegation candidate, the options are diminishing. Barcelona ship has sailed – Atletico Madrid are still there, but player unsure.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) September 10, 2020
Guendouzi was spotted taking part in Arsenal first team training this week, the first time pictures have surfaced since he was banished from the squad following the 2-1 defeat to Brighton back in June.
Mikel Arteta, promoted today to the role of manager, said last week that the Frenchman will, along with Mesut Ozil, be offered a clean slate for the new campaign. How much of it he’s a Gunner remains to be seen.
Like PSG, Lyon has declined the chance to sign the 21-year-old having been offered him by Edu who has been trying to get a deal done for Houssem Aouar. Barcelona had a sniff but didn’t fancy anything more and Atletico Madrid aren’t budging on a swap plus cash offer for Thomas Partey.
GFFN claim that Guendouzi rejected advances by Villarreal, Atalanta, Valencia and an unnamed Premier League club; presumably, because he doesn’t see them as high-profile enough.