The Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano recently appeared on an episode of The Beautiful Game Podcast, to discuss some of the biggest transfer rumours from this summer.
One topic of conversation on the recent episode was the future of Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. The young Frenchman has reportedly fallen out with manager Mikel Arteta and is being heavily linked with a move away from the North London club this summer.
Here’s what those on the podcast had to say about the chances of the 21-year-old departing the Emirates, and his relationship with Arteta, with panellist ‘Dot’ asking:
“A bit more about Matteo Guendouzi, what is actually happening there? From what I’ve heard within people close to the Arsenal camp is that the relationship with him and the manager is pretty much fractured. Is he going to leave Arsenal this summer?”
Romano replied, saying:
“I think yes, they are trying to sell him. They are trying to do some swap deals. Guendouzi is a player that they can sell by [a] swap deal because they can find another club who are going to give a good player in exchange for Guendouzi. Arsenal [are] speaking with many clubs, it’s difficult that he will stay.”
From what Romano and ‘Dot’ have to say, a move away from Arsenal certainly looks to be on the cards for Guendouzi this summer. The Gunners signed the youngster from Lorient in 2018 and in his two years with the North London club, he has gone on to make 82 appearances, contributing one goal and five assists (per Transfermarkt).
Do you want to see Guendouzi leave this summer?
Considering he is currently valued at £28.8 million by Transfermarkt, if he does leave on a swap deal this summer, you would perhaps hope that Arteta’s side could bring in a good player in return, with Romano suggesting that that is what the club are currently looking to do.