Valencia have emerged as the latest suitor for Arsenal rebel Matteo Guendouzi as the La Liga giants plot a move for the Frenchman.
Matteo Guendouzi may have found an exciting opportunity to earn a move to Spain this summer as Valencia have now run an enquiry regarding the Arsenal star, according to Super Deporte.
The Frenchman is widely expected to leave the club this summer after falling out with Mikel Arteta and has even been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, it seems Valencia have identified him as a perfect alternative for their top targets in Yangel Herrera and Etienne Capoue.
Guendouzi, who was regarded as one of Premier League’s most promising players before the start of the 2019/20 campaign, has suffered a rapid fall from grace over the 12 months.
The young midfielder initially fell out with Arteta and his coaching staff earlier this year, during their training camp in Dubai. Besides, his lack of temperament and overly aggressive attitude is not really favoured by the Arsenal manager and it was evident following his spat with Neal Maupay, in the game against Brighton & Hove Albion, just after Project Restart.
That was Guendouzi’s last game as an Arsenal player, with the midfielder not featuring in a single match since. It was combined with the rapid improvement of Dani Ceballos as well as the rejuvenation of Granit Xhaka.
And although Arsenal have had to deal with the departure of Ceballos this summer as he returned to Real Madrid, the club is adamant on selling Guendouzi, who will also be desperate for a move away from Emirates in an attempt to revive his career.
Valencia, in that regard, could be an intriguing option. The Spanish outfit are in the hunt for a new central midfielder following the departures of Dani Parejo and ex-Arsenal star Francis Coquelin earlier this summer. Guendouzi could fit in nicely in the double-pivot in a 4-2-3-1, alongside Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Arsenal, however, will not be too keen on offloading their prized asset for a cut-price. In fact, the sale of Guendouzi could serve as one of their main sources of income amid the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the club hard financially. So, it will be interesting to see whether or not Valencia can match the midfielder’s price-tag this summer.