Arsenal are allegedly keen to offload Matteo Guendouzi and Valencia want the star on a season-long loan with an option to buy for £16 million.
The 21-year-old Frenchman fell out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta after a scuffle with Neal Maupay following the 2-1 loss to Brighton two months ago.
Guendouzi didn’t feature for the north London side after the incident for the rest of the season and was absent again in the Community Shield win against Liverpool on Saturday.
According to the Mirror, Los Che want to take the youngster on a one-year loan deal which will include an optional clause to purchase the player permanently for £16 million next summer.
Guendouzi’s agents have held discussions with the La Liga side, who want a definitive response by next weekend.
However, the Gunners prefer a permanent switch as they plan to raise funds for their other transfer targets.
Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and a fresh loan deal for Dani Ceballos – who has returned to Real Madrid – is top of their priority list, meantime, centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes’ transfer to the Emirates looks imminent.
The report states that the club want to sell Guendouzi and fellow outcast Mesut Ozil.
This comes just days after chief Mikel Arteta announced that in a conversation with Matteo in the off-season, he told him he was being given a fresh start this season.
‘I’ve been really clear that everybody starts from zero. What you did two weeks ago or two years ago, doesn’t really matter.
‘It’s what you are able to contribute to the team now. Everybody is going to have the same opportunities.
‘Yes…I’ve told him [Guendouzi] exactly that. That he’ll be part of the team and at the moment he’s like any other player in our squad.
‘He deserves to be treated exactly the same and I will do that to my best capability.’