Arsenal have informed Matteo Guendouzi that they are open to selling him if they receive an offer of £36 million in the upcoming transfer window, according to L’Equipe via Get French Football News.
The Gunners held an internal disciplinary meeting with the French midfielder in the wake of his behaviour during the match against Brighton where he grabbed Neil Maupay by the throat and is believed to have told the Seagulls players that they would never make as much money as the Arsenal first team.
In the meeting, the Frenchman indicated to the Arsenal hierarchy that he would be open to a move away from the club. Guendouzi signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2018 from French club Lorient. He had a phenomenal first season at Arsenal and made 48 appearances across all competitions for the club. He was highly rated by former boss Unai Emery who played him regularly.
Emery’s faith in the young Frenchman saw him start the first 13 games in the Premier League this season. His performances caught the attention of Didier Deschamps, the manager of France, and this led to a national team call up in both September and November of 2019. The player didn’t make his debut for France but it seemed inevitable that he would be playing for his country soon.
Guendouzi’s star has waned since Arteta took over at the Emirates. The former Lorient midfielder is still highly thought of and both Arsenal and Deschamps believe he is a player with great potential but his playing time has been far less under Arteta. Guendouzi has started only only four Premier League matches in the last thirteen.
Arteta and Guendouzi do not have a bad relationship but the Arsenal midfielder does not believe he has the full trust of his head coach. Guendouzi is a hugely ambitious player and feels his progress has been stalled since the former Manchester City assistant walked through the doors at the Emirates.
The combative midfielder aims to be a part of France’s Euro 2021 squad and knows that he will have to play regularly to be in with a chance of getting selected for the tournament by Deschamps. The former PSG youth product has a history of rubbing coaches the wrong way due to his very ambitious nature. Mickael Landreau, his former coach at Lorient is just one example.
Guendouzi is aware of interest in him from other clubs in Europe. Conte’s Inter Milan are believed to be big admirers of the player. Juventus and Manchester United have both expressed