Arsenal look set to sell Mathieu Debuchy to Galatasaray with suggestions the club have accepted a bid from the Turkish outfit, according to reports from Turkey.
Debuchy is known to be unhappy playing second fiddle to first team star Hector Bellerin, and even agitated for a move back to his homeland earlier this year to seek first team football after falling down the pecking order in north London.
Despite returning to the club this summer to participate in the clubs pre-season tour of USA, it appears the France international is closing in on a move away this summer.
A tweet from Turkish football journalist Gokmen Ozdemir revealed the two clubs have reached an agreement but the 31-year-old must agree personal terms before a move can be made official.
“Arsenal and Galatasaray have reached an agreement on Debuchy. The player with his family are expected to make the final decision,” he tweeted (translation).
The move does make a fair bit of sense considering Debuchy’s fall from grace since joining from Newcastle in 2014. The right back has been unlucky with back to back long term injuries in his debut campaign, but it’s hard to argue Bellerin is the future.
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The Gunners have been linked heavily with Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia who is a versatile defender and can fill in at right back if required. If Debuchy is sold, numbers-wise Arsenal look short at the back with the injury to Mertesacker even with the hypothetical signing of Mustafi. Arsenal need at least one more full back as they cannot afford to rely on Chambers or Mustafi to be as effective as Bellerin. Sure as a stop-gap these options could exist, but a specialised full back will now also become a priority.