New home at last as Arsenal find a buyer for unsettled midfielder

James Marshment
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Arsenal have been given fresh hope of finding a buyer for Matteo Guendouzi after an approach was made to the club.

Mikel Arteta is still hoping to bolster his midfielder before the transfer window shuts, with Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey in his sights.

Atletico Madrid are refusing to budge on their £45m valuation with Partey. It’s a similar state of affairs too with top target Aouar after their latest bid was branded ‘timid’.

However, Lyon and Arsenal could yet meet in the middle and the Ligue 1 side appear to have found his replacement in the shape of a Brazilian star.

To help Arsenal on their way, they do hope to offload some deadwood from their squad.

A deal to sell Sokratis Papastathopoulos to Napoli has been agreed, though remains far from certain.

However, Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk claims a deal to take Lucas Torreira to Atletico Madrid is edging closer.

However, Arsenal could also be set to offload another unwanted midfielder in the shape of Guendouzi.

The 21-year-old Frenchman looked destined for big things last season when he became a mainstay under Unai Emery.

However, Guendouzi fell foul of Arteta and was reportedly placed on the transfer list as a result of his misdemeanours.

Finding a new home for the player has, though, proved tricky.

Efforts to include him as part of a swap deal for Partey and Aouar have both been met with rejection.


Marseille move for Guendouzi

Valencia and Villarreal have also been mentioned as suitors, though neither deal came to fruition.

However, French outlet Foot Mercato claims Marseille have now made contact with Arsenal about Guendouzi.

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They claim the Ligue 1 giants are interested in signing the midfielder on an initial loan deal.

As per the report, OM ‘recently approached’ Arsenal to propose a loan deal and contacted the player to also ‘express their interest’.

Finances are tight at Marseille but they are looking to bolster their options ahead of a return to the Champions League.

It’s believed Arsenal would prefer a cash deal for Guendouzi. However, they could accept a loan bid from Marseille were they to include an obligation to buy.

Talks are reported to be ongoing ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.