Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy will reportedly undergo a medical at Arsenal within the next week, according to reports in the Metro.
The 28 year old made 29 Premier League appearances for Newcastle last season, scoring once and has also featured in four of France’s five World Cup games.
The defender has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, where he would replace Manchester City-bound France teammate Bacary Sagna. The North London club have also been linked with Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier, but it seems they have settled on Debuchy.
The report states that Frenchman is set to have a medical at Arsenal in the coming days after the Gunners agreed a fee with Newcastle for his services.
It further states that the Magpies have now accepted an offer worth £7.9 million for the defender. The fee could rise to £12 million with bonus payments, but Arsenal will feel they have pulled off a bargain when the deal goes through as expected.
The former Lille man, who is now free to sort out a transfer after France’s World Cup exit, has recently expressed his desire to return to the Champions League and fuelled speculation that a move was in the offing by removing references to Newcastle from his Twitter bio.
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Debuchy is a ready-made player for the Premier League and would seemingly slot straight into the Arsenal first team. His time at Newcastle would have only strengthened his physical and mental attributes of the game, given the frenzied pace of the League.
Serge Aurier was heavily linked with a move, but the Gunners have had bad experiences in the past of bringing in players from foreign leagues who have painfully failed to adjust to the Premier League and it’s very possible that this has come to Wenger’s mind in his search for a worthy Sagna replacement. His young age is no doubt an issue too.
It’s very hard to replace Sagna, as he is one of the best in his trade, but it’s worth noting that Debuchy has amusingly kept the former Gunner out of the French first team, which states that he is more than capable of replacing our ex-right back.
Signing Debuchy indicates Wenger’s desire to add an experienced right-back, with youthful options Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin already available. Both players have the potential, but are not ready quite yet and his addition could see him take the first team slot for the next few seasons and then allow the youngsters to take over.
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