Olympique Marseille want to sign Matteo Guendouzi this summer as a replacement for Boubacar Kamara, according to reports in France.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Matteo Guendouzi of Berlin is seen with Florian Wirtz of Leverkusen during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hertha BSC at BayArena on November 29, 2020. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Matteo Guendouzi of Berlin is seen with Florian Wirtz of Leverkusen during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hertha BSC at BayArena on November 29, 2020. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

L’Equipe (via Football365) report that Marseille are anticipating the departure of key midfielder Boubacar Kamara this summer, who only has a year left on his deal and is hesitating on an extension.

Kamara is already up to 40 appearances for the season, at the time of writing. It’s clear Marseille would need to sign a replacement, and they’ve reportedly lined up Matteo Guendouzi.

As we know, Guendouzi is in a similar situation at Arsenal to Kamara’s at Marseille – in that he’s also a young midfielder with a year left on a deal he looks unlikely to extend.

Guendouzi has spent the season on loan with Hertha BSC, but they’re seemingly not planning a permanent transfer for him. Instead, the French 22-year-old may well end up returning to his home country with Marseille.

For the time being, Guendouzi’s main concern will be getting fit. He picked up a fractured metatarsal in his foot during his most recent game for Hertha, which turned out to be his last after they ruled him out for the rest of the season.

That was a blow to Arsenal, who would’ve hoped Guendouzi might boost his value with strong performances in the u21 European Championships and/or the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. At least it seems the player is drawing some interest either way.

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