Arsenal are not willing to compromise on a fee for wantaway star Matteo Guendouzi. Arsenal will demand Barcelona pay £40million for Matteo Guendouzi with Paris-Saint Germain reportedly joining the race for the midfielder.
Guendouzi is no stranger to PSG. He was on their books as a youngster for nine years before switching to Lorient, where he went onto establish himself in the first team.
The 21-year-old looks destined to leave Arsenal this summer after his huge falling out with Mikel Arteta, who is reportedly eager to replace him with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
He has not played since the 2-1 loss to Brighton in the Premier League and has been training alone, but it has been suggested that such a situation will not reduce the asking price for Guendouzi.
The French midfielder has attracted interest from Barcelona and is one of several players Arsenal will look to sell to help fund Mikel Arteta’s squad overhaul this summer.
The Gunners paid French side Lorient around £7 million to recruit Guendouzi two years ago and are said to be looking for a big profit on that figure. Barcelona has been touted as one destination, as well as Unai Emery’s Villarreal, who would like him on a season-long loan deal.
Reports emerged last week that former Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants a reunion with Guendouzi. Emery was in charge when Arsenal signed the midfielder, and has recently secured his first job as Villareal coach since leaving the Emirates Stadium.
But they will have to pay Arsenal at least £40million for the former Lorient man.