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Guendouzi & Saliba set to leave Arsenal and join Ligue 1's Marseille

Sat 03 July 2021 | 15:17

Under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners pair have fallen out of favor, and they are set to return to Ligue 1 for the 2021-22 season.

Matteo Guendouzi

is close to signing a contract with Marseille, while

William Saliba

is set to join him at the Stade Velodrome. 

For some weeks, Arsenal has been negotiating with the

Ligue 1

club about a transfer for Guendouzi, who has not featured for the Arsenal since June 2020. 

And a deal for the France U-21 international has been struck, with Marseille hoping to complete the move within the next week.

The 22-year-old midfielder will join Marseille as a loanee for the 2021-22 season, although the contract contains a buyout clause for the following summer. Arsenal will earn about £10 million ($14 million) in total for the playmaker. 

Marseille will pay a loan fee of £850k this season and then about £9m ($12m) in the summer of 2022 to make the transfer permanent. 

The Gunners are hoping to complete a deal for Anderlecht midfielder

Albert Lokonga

as soon as possible to replace Guendouzi. 

They've also agreed to pay Benfica £8 million ($11 million) for left-back

Nuno Tavares

, who arrived in London on Friday to finalize his move to Emirates Stadium.

After that deal is completed, Arsenal will pursue Lokonga, a 21-year-old midfielder who is likely to sign for approximately £18 million ($25 million). 

Arsenal and Marseille are also discussing a loan deal for Saliba; however, no agreement has yet been reached. 

The prospective trade is still being discussed, with Saliba reportedly interested in joining the French side. 

Since joining Arsenal for £27 million ($37 million) from Saint Etienne in 2019, the 20-year-old has yet to play a competitive minute.

With the London side seeking to complete a £50 million ($69 million) deal for Brighton center-bak Ben White following

Euro 2020

, Saliba's playing time might be limited again next season. 

He spent a loan spell with Nice last season and now seems ready to return to Ligue 1, with Arsenal and Marseille expected to intensify negotiations in the coming days. 

Newcastle had been keen on signing Saliba on a loan deal, but he prefers to transfer to France.

 


source: SportMob

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