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Arsenal ‘will demand £40m for Matteo Guendouzi as PSG join Barcelona in transfer race for bad boy’

ARSENAL will demand £40million for Matteo Guendouzi after Paris Saint-Germain reportedly entered the race for the midfielder.

The fiery Frenchman has been training away from the Gunners first-team after a falling out with boss Mikel Arteta last month.

The 21-year-old infuriated his manager after he was embroiled in a scuffle with Neal Maupay following the club’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton on June 20.

The pair reportedly clashed again in a mid-season training camp in Dubai and Guendouzi seems set to leave this summer.

According to Football London, Arsenal have set a £40m price-tag on the French ace after PSG joined the race for his signature.

The report adds that the Ligue 1 champions have kept tabs on Guendouzi’s progress since he left their youth ranks to join Lorient in 2014.

Arsenal will hope to spark a bidding war for the midfielder’s services after Barcelona opened talks with the star’s representatives.

The Catalans are reportedly keen to consider the France U21 International as a makeweight in any deal for Philippe Coutinho.

 

Villarreal boss Unai Emery is also said to be keen on a reunion with the player he signed for the Gunners back in 2018.

Gunedouzi’s exit could free up the money Arteta needs to fund moves for Willian, Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes.

As many as seven players could leave the Emirates this month, with Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira among the big names tipped with moves away.

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