Reports this afternoon suggest that Marseille and Arsenal have found an agreement over the transfer of Matteo Guendouzi.
The French side will take the 22 year on loan this summer, paying a €1m loan fee and the player’s wages, before a mandatory €10 purchase next summer.
Arsenal have agreed a deal with Marseille for Matteo Guendouzi, as reported by @MohamedTERParis. Loan with obligation to buy next summer. Arsenal will receive around £10m for the midfielder. Deal could be completed in the next few days. pic.twitter.com/y1GQRpS2Ic
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) July 3, 2021
Guendouzi spent last season on loan with Hertha Berlin, making 24 Bundesliga appearances as they just about avoided relegation.
This summer there was reported interest from Benfica, but Marseille have pursued the France U21 international for some time and beyond that there weren’t any other serious offers for Arsenal to consider.
Guendouzi fell foul of Mikel Arteta last season after a number of disciplinary incidents, including a fight with Sokratis during a warm weather training trip to Dubai, and was dropped from the squad completely during the post-lockdown restart.
When his teammates won the FA Cup at Wembley, beating Chelsea 2-1, he posted a picture of the seaside to let everyone know he was on holidays.
There were some issues during his spell in Germany too, with Hertha Berlin’s manager saying, “It’s like he’s in puberty sometimes.”
Even though the price is lower than some might have expected, it’s seems fair enough given the current market and the lack of clubs actively looking to sign him, and he has still generated a small profit so there’s something.
Official confirmation is expected early next week.