Is Matteo Guendouzi leaving Marseille?
Although the central midfielder still has two years left on his contract with Marcelino’s team, Le10 Sport claims that he has begun to “ask questions” about his future after only playing one set of 90 minutes in April, May, and June combined.
However, Unai Emery recently revealed that he is a big fan of the player and is considering making a second approach. The French international was attracting significant interest from the Midlands outfit back in January, but a deal did not materialize.
Given that the Premier League manager previously managed the 24-year-old while he was at Arsenal and that the tough-tackling ace and Boubacar Kamara were teammates before, should he be looking for a new club, there’s a chance that a double reunion could be in the works.
Leander Dendoncker, despite being “rated” by the manager, is up against “a lot of competition” to secure a regular starting spot. As a result, a replacement would be required should he leave, which is where the former top-flight star comes into play, according to early Tuesday morning revelations from Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano.
Are Aston Villa signing Guendouzi?
West Ham United and Aston Villa are the two “hottest leads” if Guendouzi decides to leave Marseille, per the French daily La Provence (via Sport Witness). The Ligue 1 star is “not in the plane just yet” because he’s still waiting to find out whether that’s the case, but a transfer to B6 or E20 “could be on” if he’s not included in the plans of his new manager.
Because Emery is clearly serious about maintaining hold of his services and is still waiting in the wings should a contract become available, he might wish to reconnect and relaunch his career after helping him establish it at the Emirates. Would Emery be wise to bring in Guendouzi?
Guendouzi’s 57 prior appearances here in the Premier League would undoubtedly draw interest from Aston Villa, and the central midfielder’s connections to Emery and Kamara seem to make him an even more reasonable target.
The World Cup participant, who earns £63.5k per week, made 33 Ligue 1 appearances last season and contributed to six goals (four assists and two goals). He also ranked in the 97th percentile for central midfielders’ progressive passes, showing his desire to advance his team’s play and aid efforts in the final third.
Guendouzi is a very versatile player who might find new success under Emery’s guidance. Because of his “amazing” work rate, talent scout Jacek Kulig once referred to him as the “heart and lungs” of Arsenal’s engine room. He is a flexible player with the capacity to play anywhere across the center of the field.