Arsenal have turned down a Man Utd bid for right-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to latest reports. Earlier today, Daily Mirror reported that the Red Devils have made an approach to sign the Frenchman on a loan move until the end of the season.
Louis Van Gaal is currently without the services of five of his full-backs due to injuries and is looking for a defensive cover in the market. Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are currently missing in action due to respective injuries.
However, The Gunners have rejected the United bid and the 30-year old defender now seems destined for a loan move to Ligue 1 club Bordeaux. French publication L’Equipe claims that Debuchy will move to the Ligue 1 club for the remainder of the season. The loan deal will not contain any option for a permanent transfer.
Debuchy has fallen behind in the pecking order at the North London club and is worried about his place in the French national squad for the summer’s European Championships. He has consistently expressed his desire for a move away from Emirates Stadium in order to get regular playing opportunities.
In his press conference today, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Debuchy is expected to leave the club on the transfer deadline day.
“Debuchy [leaving] is also a possibility,” he said. “It will be a loan to a Premier League team because it’s impossible to conclude a permanent move now. At the moment, it doesn’t look likely, but it is still a possibility.”
Meanwhile, Bordeaux President has also hinted at a possible move for the player. He said: “I cannot confirm the arrival Debuchy, but it is a path that we are exploring, and we are hopeful.”
Debuchy moved to Arsenal in a £12 million move from Newcastle in 2014, but his time at the club has been plagued by injuries. He has managed only 12 league appearances for the Gunners during the past two seasons.