Marseille are reportedly eyeing a summer transfer for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, whose future with the club is still unclear following a year on loan with Hertha Berlin.
According to L’Equipe, the 22-year-old French starlet is being considered as a summer signing for the Ligue 1 side, with Marseille looking to refresh their squad in an attempt to catch up with the likes of Lyon, Lille and AS Monaco in the division, with Jorge Sampaoli’s side set to miss UEFA Champions League football next season.
Marseille have already confirmed that winger Florian Thauvin is set to leave the club this summer for Liga MX side Tigres UNAL, whilst academy graduate Boubacar Kamara could also leave the French giants in the transfer window as a means to raise funds for incoming signings, such as Guendouzi.
The Arsenal youngster has major question marks over his future with the club after not making an appearance for the Gunners since his on-field drama with Brighton striker Neal Maupay in June last year, with Guendouzi spending this season out on loan in the Bundesliga with relegation-threatened side Hertha Berlin.
This summer is likely to determine the future of many Arsenal players both at the club and out on loan, and for Guendouzi, Mikel Arteta will have a big decision to make with the young midfielder who has split opinion amongst fans over the past 12 months.
We have seen just how good Guendouzi can be for the club, with the youngster being one of the Gunners’ best players during Unai Emery’s only full season in north London, yet his attitude has been an issue under Arteta, and although the French midfielder has seemingly matured in his year in Germany, eyes of supporters will be on the Arsenal manager as to what he will do with the 22-year-old who could still have a future with the Premier League side.
A sizeable offer from Marseille could tempt the Gunners into moving on Guendouzi back to France, with Arsenal likely to make a profit from the reported £7m the spent to bring the midfielder from Lorient according to Goal.