By the end of the summer, Marseille could look like a mini-Arsenal old boys club as they try to sign three former players and two already at the club.

Arsenal's French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi waves to the crowd at the end of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Arsenal’s French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi waves to the crowd at the end of the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Marseille have been heavily linked with Matteo Guendouzi and it has been reported that the midfielder has already agreed a four-year deal with the French side.

They are also said to be interested in pairing him up with Francis Coquelin after trying to sign him in January. The 30-year-old will be allowed to leave Villarreal this summer.

VILLAREAL, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 19: Francis Coquelin of Villarreal CF looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and SD Eibar at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 19, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLAREAL, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 19: Francis Coquelin of Villarreal CF looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and SD Eibar at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 19, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

They are also trying to lure Stephy Mavididi to the club after failing to convince him to join last summer. “Last summer, I proposed him to OM, but he was not of interest to the old management,” his representative said. “Today, we see with Montpellier that he is one of the most prominent young attackers in Ligue 1. He is the true modern striker, tall, fast, powerful and technical. More technical than an Aubameyang, whose profile he shares a little.

“He has scored 9 times in 18 games as a starter, but plays most of the time as a winger, while he is a training centre forward. Today, he is one of the young attackers observed by OM, it is true, but there will be a lot of people on him at the end of the season given the season he is making. It will certainly be worth more than last summer. ”

MAJADAHONDA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Stephy Mavididi of Arsenal looks on after losing the UEFA Youth League match between Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal at Atletico de Madrid Sport City on January 27, 2015 in Majadahonda, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
MAJADAHONDA, SPAIN – JANUARY 27: Stephy Mavididi of Arsenal looks on after losing the UEFA Youth League match between Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal at Atletico de Madrid Sport City on January 27, 2015 in Majadahonda, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Arsenal sold Mavididi to Juventus in 2018 for £1.7m before he was sold to Montpellier two years later for £5.67m after just one appearance for the Old Lady.

His representative presents Mavididi’s stats in a good light, stating his goals as a starter, but in total he has played 40 times for the Ligue 1 side, registering nine goals, with no assists, in total.

Mavididi joined Arsenal in 2001 at the age of 13 but, although he was handed a professional contract, he was never given his debut for the senior side.

He is currently valued at around £7.2m and is under contract until 2024.

Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) and Leeds United's English striker Patrick Bamford compete during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) and Leeds United’s English striker Patrick Bamford compete during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Next up, Get French Football News report that Marseille have started talks with David Luiz who is, of course, available for free after being released by Arsenal at the end of his contract.

Le10Sport also report that Marseille are “looking for an experienced central defender to guide their rear guard,” and that “the Brazilian would be attracted by the prospect of evolving under the orders of Jorge Sampaoli.”

Luiz’s salary could be an issue but the French reports seem to think there is a willingness on Luiz’s side to lower his demands to play for Sampaoli and become the “boss of Marseille’s defence.”

Nice's French defender William Saliba looks on during the French L1 football match between Nice and Bordeaux at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, on January 17, 2021. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Nice’s French defender William Saliba looks on during the French L1 football match between Nice and Bordeaux at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, on January 17, 2021. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

As if that isn’t enough Arsenal for Marseille, they would also like to get their hands on William Saliba on loan.

Juventus, meanwhile, may not be far behind Marseille in their numbers of former Arsenal men by the end of the summer. In addition to Wojciech Szczesny, who isn’t leaving, and Aaron Ramsey, who might, they would also like to lure David Ospina to Turin. Napoli, however, are not keen on a sale.

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