Stephy Mavididi has asked to leave Montpellier, who are open to letting him return to England if an offer comes through.

Montpellier's English forward Stephy Mavididi (L) fights for the ball with Rennes' French midfielder Jonas Martin (R) during the French L1 football match between Stade Rennais Football Club and Montpellier Herault SC, at The Roazhon Park Stadium in Rennes, north-western France on November 20, 2021. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Montpellier’s English forward Stephy Mavididi (L) fights for the ball with Rennes’ French midfielder Jonas Martin (R) during the French L1 football match between Stade Rennais Football Club and Montpellier Herault SC, at The Roazhon Park Stadium in Rennes, north-western France on November 20, 2021. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

L’Equipe (via GFFN) report that former Arsenal academy striker Stephy Mavididi has asked to leave Montpellier this summer with a view to returning to the Premier League.

Club president Laurent Nicollin told Midi Libre: “If he has an opportunity to move to an English club, we won’t block him.”

Fabrizio Romano claims Premier League clubs West Ham United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Southampton, and Everton have all approached Mavididi’s agents over a possible summer move, as well as Olympique de Marseille from Ligue 1.

Any potential deal is still in the early stages, but Romano claims Mavididi could leave this summer. There are “good chances” of a transfer in the coming weeks.

The 24-year-old has spent the last couple of seasons with Montpellier, and he was having a particularly good campaign in 2021/22 – up until the end of January.

By January 23rd, Mavididi had eight goals and three assists in 22 appearances, mostly playing at left-wing. But he then picked up a knee injury ruling him out for over a month, and he struggled to get back into the same rhythm afterwards.

All the same, Premier League clubs have been linked with Mavididi all season. His late-season drop-off hasn’t done much to quell the speculation.

Montpellier's Stephy Mavididi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco vs Montpellier Herault SC at the "Louis II Stadium" in Monaco on October 18, 2020. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Montpellier’s Stephy Mavididi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco vs Montpellier Herault SC at the “Louis II Stadium” in Monaco on October 18, 2020. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

As well as the goals and assists in a top-five league from a player who is still young (he only turned 24 this week), Mavididi also brings the benefit of being homegrown.

Coming through the academies of Arsenal and Juventus, the former England u20 international certainly had an ideal upbringing for a young player. Perhaps we’ll see him back in his home country before long.

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