Aston Villa eyeing Matteo Guendouzi swoop

Aston Villa will reportedly look to sign 25-year-old Lazio midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, valued at €30 million by the Serie A club.

According to a report by Corriere dello Sport, as relayed by Sport Witness, Matteo Guendouzi is the subject of interest from Aston Villa. Unai Emery is pushing the West Midlands club to sign the Lazio midfielder in the summer transfer window. Meanwhile, the Serie A club will demand around €30 million to part ways with the 25-year-old.

The Matteo Guendouzi story

Matteo Guendouzi has found a stable footing since leaving Arsenal. One of the best young midfielders in his homeland when he joined the North London club, the Frenchman enjoyed a decent start to life at the Emirates. However, his run-ins with Mikel Arteta cost him his place in the Arsenal squad, and they loaned him out to Hertha BSC and Marseille between 2020 and 2022.

The 25-year-old became a pivotal figure for Marseille, compelling Les Phoceens to complete a permanent move in July 2022. Meanwhile, Guendouzi has been a regular for Lazio this season, amassing nearly 3,500 minutes of game time across 50 appearances, chipping in with three goals and four assists.

However, Lazio will look to cash in on Guendouzi in the summer transfer window after completing a permanent move for €13 million. The Biancocelesti will demand around €30 million to part ways with the 2022 FIFA World Cup finalist. Meanwhile, the former Arsenal midfielder might return to the Premier League, with Aston Villa interested in him.

Premier League return on the horizon?

Aston Villa considered signing Matteo Guendouzi last summer before a move failed to materialise. The Villans remain interested in the French international, with Unai Emery keen on reuniting with his former protege at Arsenal. The Aston Villa manager is thus pushing the West Midlands club to land him in the summer transfer window.

The Villans also have other midfielders on their radar, including Weston McKennie. However, Guendouzi might become the top target, with Aston Villa ready to cough up €30 million to sign the Lazio midfielder in the summer transfer window.

With Aston Villa ready to match the Serie A club’s valuation of the Frenchman, a summer move should be on the cards. It will be interesting to see if a deal worth €30 million sees the light of day in the coming weeks.

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