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Matteo Guendouzi closing in on permanent Arsenal exit?

Matteo Guendouzi closing in on permanent Arsenal exit?
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Marseille are closing in on a deal to bring Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi back to France, according to a report.

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is reportedly closing in on a permanent move away from the club this summer.

The 22-year-old's most recent appearance for Arsenal came in their 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in June 2020, where he was involved in a confrontation with Neal Maupay after the full-time whistle and was not selected for the rest of the season.

With Gunners chiefs thought to have been concerned about Guendouzi's discipline, he was shipped out on loan to Hertha Berlin for the 2020-21 season, where he has impressed with two goals and three assists from 24 Bundesliga appearances.

Guendouzi is due to return to Arsenal at the end of his loan spell in Germany, but he is thought to be one of several players on the chopping block as Mikel Arteta seeks to raise funds for a summer overhaul.

A permanent transfer to Hertha has been mooted, but according to Le 10 Sport, Marseille are leading the race for the France Under-21 international's signature.

Guendouzi's existing deal at Arsenal expires in 2022, and it seems unlikely that he will be offered an extension, meaning that the Gunners are expected to recoup a fee for him this summer rather than let him walk away for free next year.

The former Lorient man has scored one goal and assisted five more in 82 appearances for Arsenal since being signed by Unai Emery in 2018.

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