Former Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi is on the move, and the club are set to benefit from his next transfer.

The France international looks set to join Lazio from Olympique Marseille, whom he joined from Arsenal last summer, and a move could happen in the coming days.

Arsenal sold Guendouzi to Marseille for around £8m, but included a 15% sell-on clause as part of the deal, and are now set to receive a windfall for this deal.

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that there is now an agreement between Lazio and Marseille for the 24-year-old which could total £15.5m, and the move could be completed early next week.

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“Lazio have reached an agreement with Olympique Marseille on €18m package for Mattéo Guendouzi,” he tweeted.

“€13m fixed fee, €5m easy add-ons and talks now ongoing on personal terms in order to get deal done with medical at the beginning of next week.”

Guendouzi’s dramatic departure

The midfielder arrived at Arsenal at a young age under Unai Emery, and was quickly integrated into the first team. Whilst he did show promise in the middle of the park, there were questions over his discipline both on and off the pitch.

He did feature under Mikel Arteta, but after a number of incidents, he was dropped and frozen out of the squad following an altercation with Neal Maupay in a defeat to Brighton, and eventually loaned out and sold.

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Now 24, he has since become a France international, and has thrived at Marseille, and this has seen him earn a move to a Champions League side in Lazio.

There may not be too much regret over his initial departure from Arsenal, who are now set to receive a further windfall for him, but it would have been interesting to see how he would have fared in this young Arsenal side under Arteta.

As a vocal character, he could have perhaps developed into one of the main leaders within the squad, but both his chaotic style of play, as well as his fiery personality off the pitch, made him a poor fit for the way Arteta has built his squad.

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