Matteo Guendouzi is a cheaper alternative to Rabiot who would fit in perfectly at Arsenal

Arsenal are in talks with Lorient to sign young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi according to Sky Sports.

What’s the story?

The 19-year-old made 18 appearances for Ligue 2 side Lorient where he has been since 2014 after playing schoolboy football at PSG.

The rangy midfielder was reportedly a target for north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in January but now it appears Arsenal have won the race to his signature for a fee in the region of £7million.

Guendouzi is valued at £2.25million on Transfermarkt and he would be Unai Emery’s fourth signing of the summer since joining Arsenal.

Tipped for the top

Although Guendouzi has been plying his trade in the relatively poor French Ligue 2, he has excelled and shown that he belongs in the top flight.

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The youngster plays either as a central midfielder or as a defensive midfielder and his style is similar to that of other Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot, composed on the ball and effective at breaking up play.

However, with Rabiot valued at £45million on Transfermarkt, Arsenal could save themselves a lot of money by buying Guendouzi.

He may not be the biggest name linked with Arsenal this summer but he could be a very important one for years to come.