Thomas Tuchel provided a blunt response when asked if Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi, suggesting a move is not on the cards.
The Frenchman was exiled from the Gunners squad back in June after grabbing Brighton’s Neal Maupay by the neck.
Guendouzi has now been reintegrated and participated in first-team training ahead of the new season.
Reports in France claim PSG are willing to offer their midfielder Julian Draxler as part of a swap deal for Arsenal’s 21-year-old talent.
The French champions’ title defence got off to a bad start, losing 1-0 to Lens on Thursday night.
After the game, Tuchel was quizzed about transfers, with the news that PSG are closing in on a move for Roma captain Alessandro Florenzi.
He told Canal+: ‘[I am] very optimistic for Alessandro Florenzi.’
However, when it came to a question about a rumoured move for Guendouzi, he simply replied: ‘No.’
When asked before Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool about the details of his conversation with the youngster, Arteta said: ‘To tell him exactly that he’s going to be part of the team and at the moment he’s like any other player in our squad.
‘He deserves, first of all, to be treated exactly the same and I will do that to my best capability.’