PSG Reject Chance to Sign Matteo Guendouzi During Negotiations for Hector Bellerin

James Cormack
Matteo Guendouzi has fallen significantly out of favour under Mikel Arteta
Matteo Guendouzi has fallen significantly out of favour under Mikel Arteta / DeFodi Images/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain have turned down the chance to sign out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi this summer.

The Frenchman enjoyed a promising spell under former boss Unai Emery, but has clashed with Mikel Arteta on several occasions since the Spaniard's arrival at the Emirates Stadium last December.

Guendouzi showed promise under Emery
Guendouzi showed promise under Emery / GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Guendouzi hasn't been a part of an Arsenal matchday squad since his antics in the Gunners' 2-1 defeat at Brighton in their second Premier League game after the restart, and it's understood Arteta is keen to ship the midfielder off this summer.

However, the 21-year-old won't be departing for the French capital, with the Telegraph reporting that PSG have no interest in him after his availability was discussed during Les Parisiens' negotiations for full-back Hector Bellerin.

Last season's Champions League finalists have sent an initial bid worth £25m plus £5m in add-ons Arsenal's way, with Bayern Munich and Juventus also interested in the Spaniard.

But while Guendouzi is firmly on Arteta's chopping block, Bellerin is a player who he would like to keep as part of his rebuild at the Emirates. It's been reported, though, that the Gunners won't stand in the way of the 25-year-old's exit if they receive an acceptable offer - the club value Bellerin at £35m.

Europe's elite are chasing Bellerin this summer
Europe's elite are chasing Bellerin this summer / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Nevertheless, Arteta is completely aware that players will have to be sold to fund deals for priority targets this summer, and the departures of Bellerin and Guendouzi - with Valencia tipped as a potential destination - could rack up at around £55m in fees.

The Gunners have long been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, while discussions are said to have been held with Lyon for Houssem Aouar.

The club have been reluctant to trigger Partey's £45m release clause and have attempted more creative methods to broker a deal - which have proved unsuccessful thus far.

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