According to a report from FootMercato (FR), Marseille have made an approach to Arsenal to loan Matteo Guendouzi.
The midfielder has been out of favour since the Brighton game back in June, and although he’s been welcomed back to full training with the rest of his teammates, he has yet to feature this season.
It’s reported that the French side have set their sites on the 21 year old to boost their squad having first contacted the club, and subsequently the player and his representatives to sell the move to him.
The website – whose Twitter account is followed by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – say that there has been interest in Guendouzi from Villarreal (managed now by Unai Emery, of course); Valencia; Hertha Berlin; Real Betis; and Sevilla. The player has, apparently, failed to ‘follow up’ on any of those approaches.
It’s known that Arsenal are willing to let Guendouzi go, but as the deadline approaches it remains to be seen how far we are willing to compromise. Ideally, the deal would be permanent with a transfer fee coming our way, but these days even loan fees are not insubstantial and could boost the coffers to help further incomings.
A loan with an obligation to purchase at the end of it – in the hope that next summer things might have returned to something approaching normal – might also be an option.
Arsenal take on Liverpool in the Carabao Cup tomorrow night, and with a tough fixture against Sheffield United on Sunday, the team at Anfield is likely to include a lot of ‘fringe’ players.
Guendouzi’s involvement, or otherwise, might well be telling.