Arsenal outcast seals exit pact, but transfer revelation could scupper deal
Ousted Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has reached his own agreement for a transfer to Marseille, according to a report.
The 22-year-old is back at the Emirates Stadium after spending the season on loan at Hertha Berlin. However, he looks unlikely to stay there as long as boss Mikel Arteta stays in his job. Guendouzi sparked controversy at the end of last season and subsequently failed to make it back in the first team.
As such, he moved to the Bundesliga, where he made 24 appearances. Still, he did not escape controversy there. Hertha boss Pal Dardai insisted in February that Guendouzi has a lot of learning to do.
With his future at Arsenal looking bleak, the Gunners could well look to offload him permanently.
According to L’Equipe, though, the France Under-21 international has begun his own work on sealing a move away.
Guendouzi has reached his own agreement with Ligue 1 club Marseille. However, Arsenal and the French club have yet to hold their own formal negotiations.
As a result, the midfielder may not get his wish – or at least the wish of moving to Marseille.
Nevertheless, the Ligue 1 club are Guendouzi’s first-choice destination, so would prefer moving there.
The midfielder was looking forward to competing in the knockout stages of the Under-21 European Championships this summer, but a metatarsal injury looks likely to rule him out.
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Indeed, he suffered the injury earlier this month after featuring in France’s three group stage games during the last international break.
For Arsenal‘s part, they will want to make a permanent decision over Guendouzi’s future this summer.
He has only one year left on his contract and so the prospect of losing him for free next season will emerge if not.
Arsenal stopped in transfer tracks
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen have reportedly increased the asking price for Arsenal target Edmond Tapsoba.
The centre-back has impressed this season and has entered the Gunners’ radar for a new defensive signing.
While his previous fee stood at £52million, the Bundesliga club have supposedly increased it further.
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