Various reports this evening say that Matteo Guendouzi will join Hertha Berlin on loan for the 2020-21 season.
The 21 year old has been out of favour since the defeat to Brighton just after the restart, and although he has been integrated back into training, has failed to make the match day squad for any game so far.
Leaving aside the Premier League, his absence from the Carabao Cup ties against Leicester and Liverpool were an indication that he is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans.
Guendouzi is a player that Arsenal had hopes of generating a transfer fee for at the start of the window, but despite links to clubs like Villarreal, Valencia, and PSG, no significant offers have arrived.
James Benge of Football London reports that we won’t be paid a loan fee for him, but the Bundesliga outfit will cover his wages.
I’m told Hertha Berlin will not pay a loan fee but will cover all Guendouzi’s wages.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) October 4, 2020
It’s the second time Hertha Berlin have tried to sign an Arsenal midfielder, having been linked with Granit Xhaka when the former captain went through his troubles during last season.
The transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow night, and Lucas Torreira is expected to follow his teammate out of the club, joining Atletico Madrid on loan – a deal expected to be confirmed tomorrow.
Earlier Mikel Arteta again insisted the club were doing everything possible to bring in new players, saying, “I am confident that we know exactly what we want to do, that we are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want – whether it is sending people on loan or bringing someone in.
“We have complete connection and cohesion between myself, Edu, the board and the ownership. Let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.”
Fans will be hoping that some midfield reinforcement can be found before tomorrow night.
As ever, we’ll be covering everything here on Arseblog News and our dedicated transfer deadline day live blog which kicks off at 7am tomorrow right until the close of the window.