French side Marseille have been in touch with Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi about a move this summer.
That’s according to Foot Mercato, who say the Ligue 1 side are interested in securing a loan deal before the end of the transfer window.
Guendouzi has been heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal, having fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
The French midfielder is believed to have clashed with the new Gunners boss on several occasions, particularly following the surprise defeat to Brighton at the end of last season.
That game saw Guendouzi involved in a clash with Seagulls striker Neal Maupay, an incident which he received criticism for from fans and reportedly Arteta.
He has barely featured since that game, with Arteta preferring others in the squad and widely rumoured to be targeting another midfielder before the transfer window closes.
Guendouzi has thus been linked with a move away, with a report six days ago stating that he had explicitly asked Arsenal to sell him.
So far, there have been no interested parties, but it appears a new one has emerged in the shape of Marseille.
Foot Mercato report that OM ‘recently approached’ Arsenal to propose a loan deal and contacted the player to also ‘express their interest’.
The nature of the loan deal isn’t mentioned, but the website does state that Marseille want to strengthen their squad for the Champions League but ‘at a lower cost’, so it is easy to imagine the finances were small.
Arsenal’s response is not made clear either, yet given it’s been stated they want to sell Guendouzi to raise funds it’s also safe to imagine they’re not that keen on a loan deal.
That may change as the end of the window gets closer, particularly if they could convince Marseille to include a purchase clause as part of the transfer, or at least something of that nature.