Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has been in the eye of the storm ever since the resumption of the Premier League and he has gone from hero to zero in no time.
Against Man City, he put on a fine display in midfield but his antics vs Brighton have forced Mikel Arteta to take some serious action and now as per the latest reports, the Gunners are planning to put him up for sale in the summer.
It’s being claimed that Arteta is more than happy to see Matteo Guendouzi leave the club and it seems like the Frenchman has no shortage of takers in the market.
On Friday, Manchester United were being linked with the 21-year-old and now as per Le10 Sport, La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are both eyeing a move for him.
The report claims: “Struggling on the side of Arsenal, where he was recently placed on the transfer list, Matteo Guendouzi is the subject of many interests in Europe.
“According to our information, Matteo Guendouzi also has courtiers in Spain.
“And not just any club but Real Madrid and FC Barcelona would be very attentive to their profile. Zinedine Zidane, who very clearly directs his recruitment towards young and promising profiles ( Camavinga, Havertz, Sancho ) loves him very much.
“At Barçaalso, his technical qualities do not go unnoticed.”
Will Arsenal really sell Matteo Guendouzi?
The Arsenal manager was asked about Guendouzi’s future during his pre-match press conference for the FA Cup game and the Spanish boss chose to give a very blunt response.
The manager said: “As I said yesterday in the press conference, whatever internal [issues] we have we will deal with them privately. I’m never going to make any of that public.
“All the players that are here, I’m counting on them. If they want to jump on the boat they are more than welcome. That’s always my mindset – I’m here to help all of them to improve individually and collectively, and that is my job.”
If Matteo Guendouzi cannot mend his ways soon then Arsenal will have no other option but to sell him off in the summer.
But with the kind of financial restraint that the club are in right now, Arteta will have to ensure that teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid are ready to pay top dollar for the Frenchman so that he can use it to bring in an apt replacement.