Arsenal target Mathieu Debuchy has reportedly passed a medical with the Gunners and is set to complete a move from Newcastle United very soon.
According to the Daily Star, the France international will become Arsene Wenger’s first summer signing after he got the medical all clear and once the finishing touches are put on a deal for what looks to be the contingency plan for the departure of Bacary Sagna. The report claims an initial £8million fee has been agreed with Newcastle and could rise to £12million in the future.
Debuchy has spent two seasons at St James’ Park since joining from Ligue 1 side Lille but has not been widely regarded as a success. However, Sagna was always considered to be one of the leading right-backs in the Premier League but Debuchy was first choice for their favoured position at the World Cup.
Arsenal, according to the report, are also ready to send young full-back Carl Jenkinson on loan to Alan Pardew’s side as a part of the deal, though this would leave the Gunners with limited back-up at right-back.
Hector Bellerin has yet to really break into the first team squad at Emirates Stadium, but perhaps Wenger believes it is now time to give the 19-year-old, signed from Barcelona in 2011, an opportunity to show what he can do. Jenkinson, on the other hand, will hope that being sent out on loan is just to get him some more regular first-team football.
The 22-year-old is an Arsenal fan and has regularly described playing for his boyhood team as a “dream”, but he struggled to push Sagna for the regular starting berth and the Gunners boss may feel he needs more time to develop.
Approaching his 29th birthday this month, Debuchy is hardly a long-term prospect and Jenkinson has proved he can impress when playing regularly – he won his first England call-up when a long-term injury to Sagna forced him into action.
Getting a deal done before the closing stages of the transfer window will be seen as a sign of progress for Arsenal fans, as they have had to endure many an agonising summer waiting for improvements to the squad – some of which never came.
Deals getting done
A deal for Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez is reportedly also close to completion in what could possibly be a very positive week for the north London club. Wenger has often been criticised for dawdling when it comes to transfers, so making major signings and giving them time to integrate with the rest of the squad will make a number of fans happy.
Whether they agree that Debuchy is the right man to replace Manchester City bound Sagna or not, most fans would surely accept that signing a first choice France international with plenty of Champions League experience, as well already being accustomed to the Premier League, is at least a sensible move.