By Wayne Veysey

5th Jul, 2021 | 1:44pm

Sources: Arsenal accept £12m loan-to-buy Guendouzi bid

Arsenal have accepted a £12million loan-to-buy bid from Marseille for Matteo Guendouzi, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Gunners have given the green light for the French midfielder to make a permanent move back to his homeland.

An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the deal is an initial loan with an obligation to buy if Guendouzi features in a certain number of Marseille matches next season.

That would then trigger the clause for the French giants to pay a £12m fee to make the move permanent.

Guendouzi has agreed personal terms with Marseille and the move is set to be completed soon.

On Monday (5th July) Guendouzi appeared to confirm his departure on social media before deleting his message.

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Arsenal Fan TV captured an image of the tweets in which the midfielder declared he would be “a Gooner forever”.

Guendouzi joined Arsenal in 2018 after an impressive spell with French side Lorient.

He broke into the Lorient first team aged just 17 after cutting his teeth in the club’s various youth sides.

He spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin after being ostracised from Mikel Arteta’s squad.

His last appearance for Arsenal came in June 2020’s Premier League clash against Brighton.

After Neal Maupay scored a late winner for the Seagulls, Guendouzi clashed with several opposition players.

As a result, he was excluded from first team training and matchday squads.

Guendouzi recovered some personal form while playing in the Bundesliga, making 24 appearances for Hertha.

He leaves Arsenal after making 82 appearances for the club and scoring one goal.

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