Despite plenty of reliable reports to the contrary, one French outlet is now claiming Hertha BSC have an option to buy Matteo Guendouzi.

Matteo Guendouzi with Hertha BSC (Photo via Hertha on Twitter)
Matteo Guendouzi with Hertha BSC (Photo via Hertha on Twitter)

France Football report that Hertha BSC are taking Matteo Guendouzi on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season. They also expect the midfielder to start regularly for Hertha, including this weekend.

I want to stress that this very much goes against every single other report we’ve heard so far.

Foot Mercato and GFFN claimed that it was ‘crucial’ for the player’s camp that there wasn’t an option to buy. Charles Watts of Goal reported that the deal wouldn’t include an option to make the move permanent.

The Athletic wrote that “neither club has indicated that there is an option to buy”. It’s pretty difficult to find any source other than France Football reporting that there is one.

Still, it’s a report worth covering because journalists do get these things wrong sometimes. There were plenty of reports that Lucas Torreira had an option to buy in his Atletico Madrid deal before his agent spoke out to deny it.

So if you’re a Guendouzi fan, I wouldn’t get too worried. But it’s just one to keep an eye on the next time we hear from the player or his agent about the deal.