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Matteo Guendouzi is on the brink of ending his exile at Arsenal by sealing a move to Marseille.
Guendouzi, 22, spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin after falling out with Mikel Arteta over a bust-up in the defeat by Brighton in June 2020.
Once considered a bright prospect at the Emirates, the writing has been on the wall for the Frenchman for some time, and he remains firmly out of Arteta's plans.
But Guendouzi has no shortage of suitors after a solid spell in the Bundesliga and is set to link up with one of his Arsenal teammates in his homeland.
Guendouzi's relationship with Arteta never recovered after a bust-up at Brighton in the 2019/20 season
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Marseille have agreed a loan deal for the midfielder with an obligation to buy and he will undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 side on Monday.
That's according to French outlet TF1 , which claims the loan fee is €1million (£860,000) and the transfer fee next year will be €11million (£9.4m).
Guendouzi's proposed move to Marseille comes amid widespread speculation William Saliba will also move to the Stade Velodrome on loan.
Saliba, 20, is yet to make a senior appearance for the Gunners and spent last season with Nice.
While he is on the cusp of another loan, the former St-Etienne star is still believed to be a part of Arteta's plans.
The same cannot be said for Guendouzi, who appears keen on the move away from Arsenal and outlined his desire for a fresh challenge in a message to Hertha Berlin fans earlier this month.
In a number of heartfelt tweets ahead of the expiry of his loan in Germany, he wrote: "To new beginnings… A difficult day arrives, this one, the day to say goodbye to an entire institution for which I had the immense privilege and honor to play football and defend its blazon in an extraordinary championship made of professionalism and humility.
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"I joined not only a club but a family, I’ve met amazing people who became friends for life. Many thanks to Michael Preetz, Bruno Labbadia, Arne Friedrich and Pal Dardai for making this possible.
"I'm leaving happy because I gave the best of myself and we’ve managed to stay in the Bundesliga.
"My thoughts also go to all the employees who work behind the scenes but work with dedication on behalf of the club’s common good, without forgetting all the fans who are passionate about the club and have shown unwavering support.
"This experience has been a source of inspiration and I hope I have lived up to the confidence the club has given me. The club helped me in difficult situations and encouraged me when I was at the top.
"I just wanted to work with respect, dedication and defend the club’s values. I wish Hertha Berlin the best. I leave with a lot of emotions, that's why, with respect and affection, thank you and HaHoHe."