Arsenal could extend Matteo Guendouzi’s deal before loaning him to Marseille with a purchase obligation clause, according to a report from France.
Arsenal and Marseille are still pretty far apart in their valuations of Matteo Guendouzi at this stage, and the Gunners might look for a creative solution to complete the eventual sale of the midfielder.
According to Mohamed Toubache-Ter, who was one of the first to report Guendouzi’s move to Arsenal in the first place, Arsenal are planning to activate the French u21 international’s contract extension clause. This would extend Guendouzi’s deal to 2023.
The journalist adds that there’s currently no agreement between Arsenal and Marseille, but talks are positive.
So why are Arsenal extending Guendouzi’s deal if they’re in talks to sell him?
GFFN explain that Arsenal are considering extending before loaning the player with an obligation to buy. Essentially selling him, but with Marseille paying the money and completing the transfer in 2022.
That could allow Arsenal to get better value from the sale, whilst giving Marseille more time to raise funds. The obvious downside is that it means less money now – the Gunners would only currently see the benefits of a loan fee and Guendouzi’s wages off the bill.
Guendouzi appears to have an agreement with Marseille over personal terms. It seems the only remaining point of contention is the exact cost and structure of the transfer.