Matteo Guendouzi is set to join Marseille on a permanent deal this summer and he believes William Saliba will be joining him.

Marseille's French defender Boubacar Kamara (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Marseille's French defender Matteo Guendouzi (R) and Marseille's French defender William Saliba (L) during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and FC Lorient at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, southern France on October 17, 2021. (Photo by Nicolas TUCAT / AFP)
Marseille’s French defender Boubacar Kamara (C) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with Marseille’s French defender Matteo Guendouzi (R) and Marseille’s French defender William Saliba (L) during the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and FC Lorient at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, southern France on October 17, 2021. (Photo by Nicolas TUCAT / AFP)

William Saliba’s future has been the source of much speculation.

While he is expected back at Arsenal for pre-season, I don’t think that any of us truly trust that he will line up for the Gunners next season, despite him winning awards and being coveted by some of the biggest sides in Europe.

Unlike Saliba, Guendouzi’s loan deal had an automatic purchase option that has been triggered and he will end his time as an Arsenal player that, in reality, came to a close some time ago when he fell out with Mikel Arteta.

Speaking to Telefoot about Saliba, Guendouzi said, “William has Marseille now in his heart, and I’m sure he will return to Marseille next season.

“So I will try to push him again to stay with us.”

Saliba currently has two years left on his Arsenal deal and is valued at £27m, the amount Arsenal paid for him in 2019.

His value, at one point, dipped as low as £15.3m.

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