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Arsenal: Charles Watts reveals benefit of Guendouzi transfer

Arsenal stand to receive some money if Matteo Guendouzi moves to Aston Villa from Marseille, Charles Watts has claimed.

What’s the word?

Guendouzi left Arsenal permanently in 2022 after a few loan spells away, after he was exiled from the squad by Mikel Arteta towards the end of the 2019-20 season.

He has since thrived at Marseille, earning a call-up to the France World Cup squad, and has now been linked to Aston Villa, which would reunite him with Unai Emery.

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Speaking on his YouTube channel, Watts explained that as Arsenal inserted a sell-on clause as part of the deal to take the Frenchman to Marseille, they stand to claim a percentage of the transfer fee Villa would pay to the Ligue 1 side.

“For Arsenal it’d be beneficial, they do have a sell-on clause for Guendouzi,” he stated.

“I’m not exactly sure it’s what it is, but there is a sell-on clause included in that deal they had with Marseille, so if they do sign him for £30m or £40m, whatever it is, then Arsenal would get a percentage of that.

“Obviously financially it’d be good thing for Arsenal, but it’d be interesting to see Guendouzi back in the Premier League, it always felt like it was something that was going to happen at some stage, because he just feels like a Premier League player.”

Smart business?

Guendouzi joined Marseille for around £9m, a relatively low figure when compared to other deals for promising young talent, but it was clear that he had no future at the club under Arteta.

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The sell-on clause was smart, given that despite his problems in North London, he was a talented player who could thrive elsewhere, and a windfall now could be very useful for the club.

He was a key figure under Emery, who initially brought him to England, and it will be intriguing to see how he gets on if he returns to the League as a more mature midfielder.