Sky Sports News was earlier today reporting that Arsenal have opened talks with Lorient midfielder, Matteo Guendouzi.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 8, 2018
However, it does already appear that Lorient and Arsenal have come to an agreement over Guendouzi with the fee looking to be around 8 million Euros.
The 19-year-old is also reportedly going to have his Arsenal medical tomorrow and then sign a five-year deal.
Accord @FCLorient /@ArsenalFC pour @MatteoGuendouzi qui devrait s’engager pr 5 ans ! Visite médicale Lundi. Montant du transfert: 8M€ + bonus. #FCLorient #WeAreTheArsenal #AllezLesMerlus pic.twitter.com/ieJ8nEk2OL
— Mohamed TOUBACHE-TER (@MohamedTERParis) July 8, 2018
Guendouzi has very little experience at his age but he has still managed to play a total of 30 first team games for FC Lorient.
This past season Guendouzi managed 21 appearances in all competitions for Lorient, in which he assisted one.
Guendouzi is naturally a central midfielder but he can also drop deeper to centre defensive mid.
The youngster has also already earned call-ups to Frances U18, U19 and U20 teams.
Wilshere set for Hammers
Wilshere’s Arsenal contract expired on the 1st of July and after unsuccessful talks with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, Wilshere left the Gunners, which he announced via Instagram.
“Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.
“I am sure everyone can understand that, at this point in my life and career, I need to be playing regular first-team football and following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away with the feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.
“Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch.”
As a result, Wilshere is set to join West Ham in the coming days on a free and now it looks as though Arsenal may be replacing him with Guendouzi.
Arsenal’s central midfield has had its problems for some years now. England and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was often sidelined through injury meaning Arsenal were often a man short in their midfield anyway and now Wilshere has officially left Arsenal they are in need of a replacement.
Furthermore, Granit Xhaka, who signed for Arsenal for around £35 million, has proven to be somewhat of a flop.
Xhaka has looked awful in countless games this season for the Gunners and if they do wish to fight for a Champions League place this summer, they need someone a lot more consistent than Xhaka in the centre of the park.
Guendouzi could very well be the man to strengthen what is, at the moment, an average Arsenal midfield.