Football London have claimed that Arsenal are to open talks over a new contract for French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, but will wait until the summer to do so – less than two years after the Gunners signed him for £7million (Football London).
Guendouzi, 20, is currently earning £40,000 a week at Arsenal following his move from Lorient in the summer of 2018, when he signed a four-year deal. Now, the Gunners are looking to extend that deal.
Signed as an 18-year-old, Guendouzi will not have expected to have already clocked up 77 senior outings for the north London club under both Unai Emery and now Mikel Arteta. Despite his tender age, he has become a crucial member of the side.
Guendzoui has become one of four options in the middle of the park this season. But with Granit Xhaka’s altercation with the fans, Dani Ceballos’ injury woes and Lucas Torreira’s inconsistent form, Guendouzi has clocked up 29 appearances.
Now, Arsenal are to open talks to extend the midfielder’s contract in the summer, and hand him signifcantly improved terms.
TBR’s view – Guendouzi’s resale value reason to extend contract
Although he has been far from his immediate excellent breakthrough into the Arsenal side, Guendouzi is still a top talent – so much so that he was part of the 30-man list for the 2019 Golden Boy award. He has also been called up by France.
Given his age and his already wealthy experience, Guendouzi has plenty of resale value and boasts the potential to go on and play for one of the world’s best sides. Landing him on a longer contract, then, makes complete sense.