Olympique de Marseille have already seen a couple of proposals turned down for Matteo Guendouzi, but talks are ongoing and the player appears keen.
GFFN report that Marseille initially asked Arsenal for Guendouzi on loan, but the Gunners immediately rejected that as he has 12 months on his deal and no extension in the works.
Marseille then returned looking for a permanent deal at around €8m, but Arsenal want more than double that. Talks remain ongoing.
According to both GFFN and FootMercato, the Marseille board have largely convinced Guendouzi to make the move, and they have a framework agreement over a salary. GFFN claim Dortmund are also interested in the midfielder.
Fabrizio Romano describes Marseille’s talks to sign Guendouzi as ‘advanced’, backing up the FootMercato piece.
RMC’s Mohamed Bouhafsi reported earlier this week that a potential transfer for Guendouzi to Marseille had advanced in recent days, but there’s no agreement between the two clubs at this stage.
Football.London also wrote that Guendouzi is expected to leave Arsenal in the coming weeks, with Marseille the current favourites to sign him.
Guendouzi has a year left on his Arsenal deal, and he’s currently out injured. He picked up a fractured metatarsal in his foot during his final game for Hertha. He made 24 appearances on loan in Germany this season, scoring twice and assisting once.