Arsenal ‘approached’ by Ligue 1 side over late Matteo Guendouzi loan deal

Arsenal have reportedly been approached by Ligue 1 side Marseille over a potential loan deal for outcast Matteo Guendouzi.

French midfielder Guendouzi hasn’t played since being being involved in a post-match altercation at Brighton last season following Arsenal’s defeat on the south coast.

The club dropped him over issues with his “attitude and general conduct”, and the 21-year-old was expected to leave north London this summer.

Arsenal appear to have failed with their attempts to find a new suitor for the France youth international so far.

However, according to French outlet Foot Mercato, Marseille are keen to pick up Guendouzi for the season on loan.

Matteo Guendouzi is yet to play for Arsenal this season
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It’s thought that the Ligue 1 side “recently approached” the Gunners, and believe Guendouzi will be a cheap option to bulk out their squad for the Champions League.

They will need to act quick though, with the international transfer window closing on Monday.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed earlier this summer that Arsenal had offered Guendouzi as a makeweight in several swap deals.

“We will have to say what will happen with Guendouzi,” Romano told Arsenal Fan TV.

The Frenchman had been an outcast since his brawl against Brighton, also leading to speculation of a transfer
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“They offered him to Italian clubs, also to Atletico Madrid, also to Paris Saint-Germain, they all said ‘no’.

“It’s the same for Inter Milan and Tottenham for Tanguy Ndombele and Milan Skriniar.

“Inter say he is €60m and Tottenham say for me he is €30million but it’s a big problem if you want to do a swap deal.

“The same is happening for Guendouzi. They have made an important valuation on the player of around €40million.

“To go to Paris Saint-Germain, to Atletico Madrid to Juventus offering the player.