Hertha Berlin chief remains coy about signing Guendouzi permanently next summer

Hertha Berlin’s sporting director Michael Preetz has remained coy about the possibility of signing Matteo Guendouzi permanently next summer, according to German media outlet Kicker via Football.london.

Guendouzi signed for the German side on a season long loan at the end of the summer transfer window. The midfielder was frozen out of the first team towards the end of last season by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta due to problems related to his attitude and behaviour. Arteta said he had given all players a clean slate ahead of the new season but it was evident that the Gunners were keen on moving the Frenchman on. 

The North London club did not receive any offers that met their demands until the end of the window when they struck an agreement with Hertha Berlin. There is no option to make this move permanent at the end of the campaign but if Guendouzi performs well this season, the Gunners could be willing to accept a suitable offer for a permanent transfer from the German side next summer.

In an interview with Kicker, Preetz said:

“Three months ago, Matteo’s loan signing wasn’t possible, but it was at the beginning of October. We are happy that he is there and that he enriched our game from the start. We’ll see everything else next summer.”

“How the prices will develop by then and what Arsenal is planning then, nobody can say today.”

Guendouzi signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and made 82 appearances for the club prior to joining Hertha Berlin on loan. He has made two appearances for the German side this season.

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