Arsenal are ready to permanently offload Matteo Guendouzi this summer, with the midfielder being valued at around €25 million.
According to Football Insider, Matteo Guendouzi could be on his way out of Arsenal permanently in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Frenchman will not be considered as part of Mikel Arteta’s plans going forward and the club is determined to offload him regardless of his performances in the ongoing loan spell at Hertha Berlin.
Guendouzi initially joined Hertha last summer in a season-long loan deal, following a fallout with Arteta in regards to his conduct and questionable attitude that was off-putting for the Arsenal manager. As a result, he froze the midfielder out of the first-team plans for the majority of the 2019/20 campaign before shipping him out on loan in the summer.
During his time in Germany so far, Guendouzi has been a mainstay in the Hertha midfield, featuring in 18 matches. His energetic approach and dynamism have clearly tuned in well with the club’s other midfield options including Vladimir Darida. However, it has not helped the Old Lady improve their game, with the club from the capital still dawdling in the wrong end of the league table.
It doesn’t bode well for Arsenal either, who were hoping for Guendouzi to perform in the Bundesliga that could have significantly skyrocketed his valuation.
On the contrary, the Gunners, it seems, have now lowered their asking price from €30 million to €25 million, which, too, could prove too expensive given the current financial climate. Arsenal, though, are confident they can find a suitor for their young midfielder this summer.
Nevertheless, Guendouzi’s departure from Emirates is set to be a part of a massive squad overhaul in the upcoming transfer window. Even in January, Arteta notably offloaded three fringe players in Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi while Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba were loaned out Schalke and Nice respectively.
Unsurprisingly, the north London giants have been linked with a number of exciting players as well, including a permanent move for Martin Odegaard.
The Norwegian playmaker could offer the depth in midfield while emerging as a quality replacement for the departed Ozil. However, Real Madrid’s exorbitant €80 million asking fee could be a bit too much, as far as the Gunners are concerned, although it must be asserted that Guendouzi’s potential €25 million could indeed serve as a financial boost for the club.