Arsenal held Matteo Guendouzi swap deal talks with Barcelona, PSG and Atletico Madrid
Arsenal have reportedly held swap deal talks over Matteo Guendouzi with Barcelona, PSG and Atletico Madrid. Mikel Arteta is set to offload the Frenchman after banishing him from the first-team set up.
Guendouzi had been a regular under Arteta and was a former favourite under Unai Emery, who is keen on bringing him to Villarreal.
Arteta and Guendouzi’s relationship has been tested throughout his first season at the helm and the pair are said to have clashed during the club’s mid-season visit to Dubai.
All was forgotten though until the young midfielder was involved in a spat with Brighton’s Neal Maupay following the restart.
The Arsenal boss was not prepared to stand for his petulance and ordered him to train alone.
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Now he is keen to sell the player in order to raise funds towards a deal for top target Thomas Partey.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have even tried to offer him in a deal for the Ghanaian and have also held swap deal talks with several other European giants.
“We will have to say what will happen with Guendouzi,” Romano told Arsenal Fan TV.
“They offered him to Italian clubs, also to Atletico Madrid, also to Paris Saint-Germain, they all said ‘no’.
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“It’s the same for Inter Milan and Tottenham for Tanguy Ndombele and Milan Skriniar.
“Inter say he is €60m and Tottenham say for me he is €30million but it’s a big problem if you want to do a swap deal.
“The same is happening for Guendouzi.
“They have made an important valuation on the player of around €40million.
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“To go to Paris Saint-Germain, to Atletico Madrid to Juventus offering the player.
“They were looking for a swap deal but couldn’t find any agreement, which I think is normal. In this summer, I don’t think anyone will pay €40m for Guendouzi.”
Before the Community Shield triumph over Liverpool last weekend, Arteta claimed he was prepared to wipe the slate clean with Guendouzi. Despite that, the 21-year-old still does not appear to be part of his plans.
“I have been really clear that everybody starts from zero all the time in football,” said Arteta. “What you did two weeks ago or two years ago doesn’t really matter. It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now. Everybody is going to have the same opportunities.
“They’ll have to show with their performances and their attitude that they are better than their teammates or somehow contributing to what we want to achieve this season.”
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