Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi set for shock contract extension

Hertha Berlin's French midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha Berlin v SV Werder Bremen in Berlin, Germany, on January 23, 2021.
Guendouzi is set to leave Arsenal (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Arsenal are reportedly ready to trigger a one-year extension to Matteo Guendouzi’s contract.

Guendouzi has been frozen out under Mikel Arteta and is expected to move on this summer.

French side Marseille are in advanced talks to sign him but negotiations have hit a snag.

The two clubs can’t agree on a fee for the Frenchman, with Marseille unwilling to pay big for a player who only has one year remaining on his contract.

And Arsenal chiefs are now set to extend his contract, in order to drive his price up, according to Le 10 Sport.

It’s hoped the move would force Marseille to be more flexible with their current bid and will free up funds for Arsenal’s own summer pursuits.

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal is interviewed prior to the UEFA Europa League Semi-final Second Leg match between Arsenal and Villareal CF at Emirates Stadium on May 06, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Arteta wants more funds for Arsenal transfers (Picture: Getty Images)

Guendouzi spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin, making 24 Bundesliga appearances.

He was involved in the early days of Mikel Arteta’s reign but lost his place after a high-profile confrontation with Brighton striker Neal Maupay.

There’s been no way back for the midfielder since and he has no future at the Emirates.

However, Arsenal still feel they should receive a fair fee for the 24-year-old, with a price of £8.6million being discussed.

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