Saint-Etienne have reportedly entered the race for Mathieu Debuchy, and could have some luck procuring his signature given how keen he seems to leave Arsenal.
Debuchy has made no secret of the fact he wants to leave Arsenal. The 32-year-old has been linked to West Brom as part of a swap deal for Jonny Evans and now, according to French outlet Telefoot, Saint-Etienne have entered the race.
The Frenchman is desperate for a call-up to the World Cup in Russia this summer and, given his age, he needs to start getting serious game time soon if he’s going to have a chance. This will most likely be his last big international tournament, given his age and injury-woes.
The right-back hasn’t played for France since September 2015, so his chances already look slim. Saint-Etienne, meanwhile, are looking to strengthen their squad.
The Ligue 1 club have already signed defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila on a free from Rubin Kazan, and their striker Robert Beric has returned from his loan spell at Anderlecht. Now, they just want Debuchy, who only has six months left on his current deal with Arsenal.
Speaking recently, Debuchy told RMC Sport that he would like a fresh start. “I want to leave, to find a new challenge in January,” he said. “The fact I’m playing well will give me opportunities. We’ll see if there are good opportunities in the transfer window. I’m open.”
The defender has only made seven appearances for the Gunners’ first-team this term; 30 overall since his £12m move from Newcastle in 2014.