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Arsenal threaten to trigger Matteo Guendouzi’s contract extension unless Marseille stump up more than £8.6m for transfer


ARSENAL have reportedly threatened to trigger an extension in Matteo Guendouzi’s contract, if Marseille don’t stump up more than £8.6million.

The Frenchman has been in Gunners exile, since falling out with Mikel Arteta during the back end of the 2019-20 season.

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Matteo Guendouzi is set to leave Arsenal

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Matteo Guendouzi is set to leave ArsenalCredit: AFP

He spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin and Arsenal are eager to sell him this summer, before his contract expires next year.

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But the Gunners won’t let him leave for a pittance.

Marseille are keen on France youth international Guendouzi, and are willing to spend £8.6m on the North London outcast.

Arsenal, however, have a trick up their sleeve.

The Gunners possess an option to extend Guendouzi’s contract by a further year to June 2023, a scenario that would suit neither party.

But according to Le10Sport, they are threatening to do so if L’OM don’t pay up.

There is a will to get this deal done, but Arsenal’s demands are delaying matters.

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Marseille are also pushing hard to sign Gerson from Flamengo, with ESPN claiming that a £25.7m deal for the midfielder, 24, is close.

Guendouzi, 22, last played for Arsenal in June 2020

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Guendouzi, 22, last played for Arsenal in June 2020Credit: Getty

Guendouzi, 22, joined Arsenal from Lorient in 2018.

Over his first 18 months, the midfielder showed promise – but also an abundance of disciplinary issues.

His 82nd, and almost certainly final, appearance for the Gunners came against Brighton – during which he clashed with Seagulls striker Neal Maupay.

Guendouzi made 24 appearances on loan Hertha last term, coming 14th in the Bundesliga.

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