Marseille president Pablo Longoria has told French station RMC Sport that Matteo Guendouzi will sign a permanent contract with the Ligue 1 club at the end of the current season.
Banished by Mikel Arteta from the Arsenal first team in June 2020, the 22-year-old moved to the Stade Velodrome on a season-long loan in the summer with the French giants agreeing to buy the midfielder outright should he meet stipulated appearance criteria.
Get French Football News state that having played 38 games this season, Guendouzi has ticked the necessary boxes which means the Gunners will net a fee of some sort to bolster the coffers.
Given his eye-catching stats – the player has made 11 assists and scored four goals in all competitions – it’s fairly likely that the agreed fee is below his current market value, however, it still makes a change from paying people to leave.
Fabrizio Romano claims Guendouzi has agreed a three-year deal. We’ll certainly be curious to see if he makes it to the end of that; it’s a combustible pairing if ever we saw one.
All going well, Arsenal should do further deals for other loaned players.
Lucas Torreira and Fiorentina both seem happy with their arrangement, Dinos Mavropanos is due to stay at Stuttgart if they avoid relegation (something that isn’t inevitable) and Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson are also set to be made available.