Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy looks set to leave the club this January, and is interesting a number of clubs.
Arsène Wenger has refused to rule out the sale of the right-back, who has been frustrated by a lack of playing time all season. The Frenchman hasn’t even made the squad in recent weeks and looks certain to join another club this winter, be it on loan or permanently.
Relegation threatened Aston Villa are interested in the defender, and manager Remi Garde has confirmed that he has spoken to Wenger about signing the defender this month.
“I had a conversation with Arsène a few days ago about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was among these players,” said former Arsenal player Garde, who desperately needs to turn Villa’s fortunes around quickly to save them this year.
“It’s too early and it won’t help me or anyone to go forward in this style to make too many more comments.”
Despite Villa’s interest, another French manager may yet manage to sign Debuchy this month. Rudi Garcia, who was Debuchy’s head coach at Lille, is allegedly interested in signing the player. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma have made a loan bid for Debuchy, with a fee of around £4.5m mentioned for the end of the season.
We don’t know where Debuchy will be off to, but it seems incredibly likely he won’t be at Arsenal come February.