Foot Mercato are reporting that Aston Villa have made signing Olympique de Marseille midfielder Mattéo Gunedouzi (23) their priority, and manager Unai Emery has already spoken to the player to convince him of the move.
Whilst Aston VIlla have yet to submit a concrete offer, there is a good chance that one will be formulated. According to Foot Mercato, Emery has recently spoken to Guendouzi, who formed part of Didier Deschamps’ France squad that reached the World Cup final in Qatar. There is reportedly a mutual admiration between the pair.
The Spanish manager has already once attempted to recruit Guendouzi, whose contract with Les Phocéens expires in 2025. In difficulty at Arsenal at the time, Emery tried to bring the midfielder to Villareal. Should an offer of around €30m be submitted for Guendouzi, Marseille would have to think twice about it, even though the club didn’t envisage letting their France international leave this winter.
Guendouzi is Aston Villa’s priority this January, and if he makes the move, he would be the second French midfielder to make the switch in just two transfer windows after Boubacar Kamara joined the club in the summer.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle