Arsenal may rue Guendouzi joining Marseille
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is reportedly closing in on a move away from the Emirates this summer.
It was claimed by Foot Mercato over the weekend that Marseille believe that they will complete a move for the 22-year-old in the coming weeks.
But the Ligue 1 side appear to have seen off plenty of interest to secure Guendouzi’s signature. Foot Mercato claimed a dozen teams had made approaches.
Remarkably, one of those to have reportedly moved was Brighton, according to the report.
And in truth, it is incredibly difficult to imagine Guendouzi ending up in Graham Potter’s ranks after what happened when the Gunners visited the Amex Stadium last year.
But if Brighton were indeed keen, perhaps Arsenal may rue the midfielder not moving there – for one particular reason.
According to The Sun, Mikel Arteta is desperate to sign Yves Bissouma this summer.
The Mali international has been sensational this season. His form has left Brighton reportedly demanding £40 million for his signature in this window.
Guendouzi interest may have presented Arsenal with opportunity
The writing has seemingly been on the wall for Guendouzi for some time. So the most beneficial thing he can do for the Gunners is move away for the best deal possible.
It remains to be seen what Marseille are set to pay for the youngster.
But surely it would have been ideal for Arsenal to use Guendouzi in a bid for Bissouma.
Arsenal fans may not be expecting their club to spend a lot of money this summer.
So pursuing swap deals could be a shrewd way to get players through the Emirates door.
They may still put the fee for Guendouzi towards a bid for Bissouma.
But it would have surely been even more helpful to their pursuit if they were able to send Guendouzi in the opposite direction.
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