It was reported by Foot Mercato earlier this month that Villarreal had opened talks with Arsenal concerning a loan move for Matteo Guendouzi this summer.
Guendouzi’s future looks set to lie away from the Emirates. He has not played for Mikel Arteta’s side since June and Foot Mercato reported that all parties are hoping to agree a move away this summer.
It appeared that Unai Emery was looking set to offer the Frenchman – who earns £40,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – a way out of the Premier League. Foot Mercato suggested that the former Gunners boss had made the youngster a key target and talks over a loan deal with an option to buy had begun.
Of course, a loan move would probably not be ideal for Arsenal. If Arteta is working with a modest budget, he would surely prefer to sell him permanently rather than loan him out in the hope that he brings in a substantial fee next summer.
But if Guendouzi’s career in North London is over, then perhaps Arsenal may decide to considers all offers.
Unfortunately, it appears that the chances of a move to Villarreal may have diminished greatly – and partially thanks to a former Arsenal midfielder.
Spanish outlet AS has suggested that Villarreal are closing in on signing two midfielders from Valencia.
Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo are expected to undergo medicals on Monday, according to AS. Both will reportedly agree lengthy contracts with their La Liga rivals.
TBR View: Double deal would surely be blow for Guendouzi and Arsenal
Admittedly, the AS report makes no mention of what the double signing may mean for Guendouzi. So perhaps there is a chance that Emery will still be interested.
But Villarreal now have a lot more depth in midfield. It is harder therefore, to see the club follow up on their interest in the Arsenal man.
As previously mentioned, a loan is probably not the offer that Arsenal would jump at accepting anyway. But it may disappoint some that a potential exit route for Guendouzi has probably now disappeared.
There is still plenty of time to go this summer. And other offers may perhaps already be on the table.
But Arteta could have surely done without a former teammate in Coquelin filling the void that he may have perhaps hoped to see Guendouzi fill.