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Valencia set to hijack talented french midfielder as Arsenal open to offers

Valencia have approached Arsenal over a possible deal for Matteo Guendouzi – according to Super Deporte.

The Gunners are ready to listen to offers for the French midfielder, and the Spanish giants want to bring him in on loan for the duration of the 2020-21 season.

Guendouzi hasn’t played for Arsenal since a 2-1 defeat to Brighton in June, which saw him clash with Neal Maupay after the final whistle.

Valencia CF have held talks with Arsenal in recent days to inquire about the situation of Mattéo Guendouzi.

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The French midfielder, Pogba’s replacement in the French national team before the pandemic , is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans, which is why the Gunners have been looking for a way out for him for weeks either as a transferred or in an exchange operation.

Guendouzi, only 21 years old and with a contract until 2022, performs in either of the two double pivot positions, although his profile is more defensive. For the Mestalla club, in the economic parameters of its current listing, the only possible formula for its signing would be through an assignment without the obligation to purchase, the same terms as so far in other negotiations.

Signed in the summer of 2018 with just four games as a professional at Lorient, at the beginning of the season he was one of Emery’s big bets as a starter and in fact his name has appeared linked, among others, to Villarreal.

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However, his prominence declined with Arteta, who ended up putting him aside due to indiscipline to close a season with 34 games played, two assists and no goals.

The last straw was when he assaulted Maupay in June and was accused of insulting and mocking Brighton players.

The coach publicly exonerated him last Thursday before the Community Shield final, but his transferable status has not changed.

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