Arsenal’s Guendouzi In Advanced Talks With Barcelona
The representatives of Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi are reportedly in “advanced talks” with Barcelona with the Gunners star set to make a decision on his future next month.
Guendouzi is training away from the first-team after a falling out with boss Mikel Arteta last month.
The French midfielder was involved in a scuffle with Neal Maupay following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on June 20.
He has since failed to make a matchday squad, which has coincided with Arsenal going five games unbeaten.
According to reports 10 days ago the £7million signing had brought up the prospect of leaving the Emirates at the end of the season due to his career “regression” under Arteta.
Now L’Équipe claims the likes of Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have enquired about him.
But they state the most “concrete” talks have taken place between the player’s representatives and Barcelona, although they are believed to be advancing slowly.
Arsenal want at least £36million for the former Lorient man but are open to listening to offers of a loan arrangement.
The Gunners have no interest in beginning negotiations for Guendouzi until the campaign has finished as they focus on trying to finish in a Champions League place.
Perhaps surprisingly, the ace has also taken the same view and will wait until the season’s end, whether he is included in Arteta’s squad or not, before entering talks about a switch elsewhere.
He does not just want to leave for the sake of it and hopes a project will present itself that will allow him the best opportunity to stake a claim for a place in France’s European Championship squad next summer.
Gendouzi joined the Gunners in the summer of 2018 and has made 82 appearances for the club.
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