Mathieu Debuchy has given the clearest indication yet that he is set to complete a transfer to Arsenal after deleting Newcastle United from his bio on his official Twitter account.
The Metro reports how the France international has been heavily linked with the Gunners this summer, following the recent departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new right-back, and is believed to have identified Debuchy as the man to fill the void left by his compatriot at the Emirates Stadium.
Alan Pardew appears resigned to losing the 28-year-old and is already lining up a move for City outcast Micah Richards, who looks to be falling even further down Manuel Pellegrini's first-team pecking order at the Etihad Stadium following Sagna's free transfer arrival.
Premier League reshuffle
In what looks like becoming a significant defensive reshuffle between the Premier League trio, Debuchy is yet to make any comment on speculation he's on his way to Arsenal, partly because he is currently busy on international duty at the World Cup in Brazil.
The full-back has been a surprise selection ahead of Sagna in France's team, repaying the faith shown by Didier Deschamps with a string of impressive tournament performances.
World Cup commitments
Les Bleus are currently busy preparing for their quarter-final clash against Germany at the Maracana on Friday evening, with Debuchy set to retain his place on the right side of defence.
Arsenal fans will be watching on with interest as their potential signing turns out against the likes of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil - three players he could be playing alongside in north London next season.
According to the Independent, Debuchy will cost the Gunners £11 million, which is double the price Newcastle paid to bring him to the Premier League from Lille in January 2013.
The defender has impressed on Tyneside over the past 18 months, scoring one goal in 46 appearances for the Magpies in all competitions.
A transfer is unlikely to be officially completed until after Debuchy returns from South America, but his removal of the ‘#NUFC player’ tag on social media, suggests that his future will definitely be served away from St James' Park.