Matteo Guendouzi has reportedly agreed to sign for Marseille on a permanent deal as he looks to end his Arsenal nightmare.
The 22-year-old fell out with boss Mikel Arteta during his time in North London and doesn’t appear to have a future at the club.
He has played regularly out on loan at Hertha Berlin but could be set for a return to his homeland after holding talks with Marseille this past week.
According to French publication L’Equipe, Guendouzi has provisionally agreed to join Marseille this summer, providing a deal can be done between both clubs.
That could prove to be the difficult part of the negotiations, with Arsenal keen to attract as big a fee as possible for the youngster.
Guendouzi only cost Arsenal £7million but they will want considerably more to part ways with the player, who earned his first call-up to the France senior squad while at the club.
Arsenal are restricted in how much they can demand for Guendouzi, though, given his contract is due to expire next year.
But Arteta has made it pretty clear he has no plans to reintegrate the midfielder back into his squad and is willing to move him on.
That had come after Guendouzi had already crossed his manager during a mid-season warm weather training camp in Dubai, after which question marks were raised over his attitude.
His hot-tempered nature is something which has not gone unnoticed in Germany either, with his boss at Hertha, Pal Dardai, branding him a “rebel” and compared the learning process of his loan spell to “puberty”.
Marseille appear to also be setting their sights on signing defender William Saliba too.
The 20-year-old centre-back is another player whose position at Arsenal remains unclear.
Saliba and Guendouzi both commented on being ‘locked up’ by Arteta when neither were being given a look-in for Arsenal.
But while Guendouzi is likely to move on, Saliba may be given a chance to prove his worth, despite interest from Bayer Leverkusen.
Speaking back in February Arteta said: “He [Saliba] will come back for pre-season and he will be with us.
“Hopefully he will come back after playing a number of games and his performance raising and his development progressing in the right way.”
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