Guendouzi OUT, Rabiot, Nkunku + £42m IN

Matteo Guendouzi has been a fantastic signing.

Signed for just £7million last summer, it is easy to forget that he is just 18-year-old and had just 8 Ligue 1 appearances to his name.

The original plan would probably have been to use him at 6th choice central midfielder, behind Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey, Mo Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The World Cup and some injuries saw him got some early game time and he has not looked back.

His form has led to speculation that PSG are considering a bid this summer.

I have spoken before about how Liverpool have been able to build a title winning squad by buying low, selling high and reinvesting that in more players. Over the last 5 seasons, they have bought in over £200m more in player sales than Arsenal. This has enable them to sign Allisson, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.

When you compare that to Arsenal who have lost about £200m in player sales over that period due to contracts and underselling players – think Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Wojech Szczesny & Serge Gnabry – it leads us to the situation which we are now in. Liverpool 2nd, Arsenal 5th.

I have blogged previously that Arsenal will need to take a risk. Perhaps sell Lucas Torreira for big money and reinvest that on 3 or 4 players.

£60million for Matteo Guendouzi is huge money for a player with half a good season, and Arsenal should seriously consider it.

PSG have previously had problems filling their “home-grown” quota for the Champions League.

With the mega rich oil-financed club recruiting the worlds best players, this has often been at the detriment over French talent.

This has led to PSG signing the likes of Lassana Diarra, Hatem Ben Arfa, Benjamin Stambouli and Yohan Cabaye in recent years.

Despite France being current World Champions, very few of the national teams top players came from PSG.

With Adrien Rabiot, Christopher Nkunku and Lassana Diarra set to leave them in the summer, they will be left with just 4 senior French players in their squad.

This means they will need to go out to the market and recruit French, which in return will see premium price tags put on French players akin to what happens in England with English players.

Guendouzi would be an ideal signing for PSG.

He is one of the best young midfielders in world football. PSG would be signing him knowing that he has the potential to become a first team regular at the highest level – and not just to make up the numbers like Diarra, Ben Arfa et al.

He would be the perfect replacement for Rabiot.

Not only is Guendouzi French, he is Parisian.

Born in Poissy, an outer suburb of France, Guendouzi joined the PSG academy at the age of 6. He left Paris to join Lorient’s academy in 2014.

PSG fans will be wondering why they let such a talent out of their door at 15-years-old.

With the premium PSG will pay on French players, Guendouzi’s potential, and him being Paris-born. a fee in the region of £60million would not be too far from the truth – remember they spent £144million signing another Paris born teenager – Kylian Mbappe.

So should Arsenal take it? My heart might say no but my head says yes.

Let us paint a kick picture.

Arsenal sell Guendouzi for £60million. We then recruit two of the French central midfielders that PSG are set to lose this summer – Rabiot and Nkunku.

Rabiot is available on a free this summer and is a better player than Guendouzi.

They are very similar in the way they play (and look), but with Rabiot being 4-years Guendouzi’s senior, he is the more polished player. Closer to the finished article.

Guendouzi has the potential to be better than Rabiot, but we would be trading a player with a handful of appearances for someone with well over 200.

In January, Arsenal were also heavily linked with Christopher Nkunku for £18 million.

Were we to secure both Rabiot and Nkunku we would be improving our first XI and signing a talented youngster for the future. We would also be £42million up on the deal.

Sou would making the deal make sense?



10 thoughts on “Guendouzi OUT, Rabiot, Nkunku + £42m IN

  1. Aganyira Brian

    Guenduz for 60m, thats simple sell him, sell mustafi at 25m, sell reis nelson 45m, ozil 20m, sead kolasinac 15m, chambers 10m, mhkitaryan 20m, and ospina 5m, total=180m+45m there supposed to give emery=225m, buys now, ask christopher nkunku as addtion, get rabiot on free but 10m for signing on fee, get kouldou kolibary at 80m, get ben chilwel 25m, get abdoulaye docoure at 45m, get burnelys third choice goal keeper at 5m, and nicolas pepe at 60m, our line up GK:BENARD LENO, RB:H.BERLERIN, LB:BEN CHILWEL, RCB: KALIDOU KOULIBARY, LCB: SOCKRATIS PAPASTAPOULOUS, DM: LUCAS TORREIRA, CM:ABDOULAYE DOUCOURE, LW:NICOLUS PEPE, RW:ALEX IWOBI, AM:ADRIAN RABIOT ST: PIERE EMERICK AUBAMEYANG


    1. Josh

      I would sell Guendozi and replace with Ndombele (so we would be about 10mil and a good upgrade, keep Nelson for the wing. Like Koulibaly but would we better going someone like Le gidt to work with Sokratis for longer term. I don’t like Rabiot seems a little petulant and I think having Ndombele with Torreira would help our defence but not limit our attack. I would probably sell Monreal over Kolisnac. No mention of selling Xhaka and replace with Nukanku


  2. Linda

    This is a fantastic story but it raises a few questions. I will ask only one. Why would PSG want to fix their national home player quarter by releasing two French Nationals to reel in only one 19 year old potential? I concede that Rabiot may already have burned bridges there but why would they want to subsidize Arsenal’s short falls in playing personnel by adding Christopher Nkunku, a 21 year old massive talent, as part of acquiring Guendouzi? It doesn’t make too much business sense for me?


    1. keenosafc Post author

      They have no choice over Rabiot and Diarra. Rabiot is off and Diarra is going to retire.

      Also I am not talking about Nkunku being added to a deal, more us going for him independently.


  3. Xavier

    I’m French and have been following PSG for quite some time. If Arsenal were to follow this advice I would go absolutely crazy. Getting Rabiot would be like getting the worst, most self-centered, delusional player in the world… This is the guy who told the French coach before the WC that leaving him out of the squad had no ‘sporting logic reason’! Come on, he was just a relay in the midfield when he was still actually playing for PSG, just moving the ball (most of the time sideways) without any particular skill… I really don’t get the hype, Gendouzi is ten times better!


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  5. VA Gunner

    This would be utterly ridiculous. Guendouzi actually cares about Arsenal, and will be better than Rabiot. These are the players to build around. I’ll take Nkunku, promote Willock, bring Nelson back, and we just need a quality CB, and we’re off and running.



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