Arsenal insist on €30m price tag for starlet as he rejects likely escape route

Date published: Thursday 14th January 2021 7:34 - Samuel Bannister

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Matteo Guendouzi may not stay at Hertha Berlin beyond this season despite Arsenal offering them the chance to sign him.

That’s according to Sky Germany (via Sport Witness), who suggest that the midfielder is eyeing up a move elsewhere.

Guendouzi fell out of favour at Arsenal towards the end of last season, so they decided to send him out on loan.

The French midfielder has got back on track with Hertha Berlin, where he has featured in 10 Bundesliga games and scored two goals. As such, they have been impressed with what they have seen from him.

Therefore, Hertha could consider signing Guendouzi on a permanent basis. It appears that would not appeal to the 21-year-old, though.

Sky Germany claim that Hertha have declined Arsenal’s offer to sell him permanently for a fee of €30m. That may be a little too pricey for the Bundesliga side.

Furthermore, Guendouzi himself has doubts about the move. The report suggests he would rather join a club that will be competing in Europe.

Hertha are currently down in 12th in the German top flight, making it unlikely that they will achieve Europa League qualification. Guendouzi is looking for a destination that will allow him to play in that competition – or better still, the Champions League.

Could Guendouzi return to Arsenal?

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There have been rumours that Guendouzi may not even wait until the end of the season to leave Hertha. With Arsenal needing another midfielder, they could recall him from his loan.

Hertha have reportedly lined up Wolfsburg’s Yannick Gerhardt as a replacement, as they brace themselves for the exit of a player they have seen the importance of in recent months.

However, even if Guendouzi does cancel his loan, it may not mean he would go straight back into the Arsenal first team.

Instead, the Gunners may look to sell him on elsewhere. With his contract expiring in 2022, they face a race against time to cash in on him.

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