Mathieu Debuchy’s quest for first-team football could lead him to Juventus in the January transfer window, with the Serie A champions eager to strike a deal with Arsenal.
Juve interest high
That’s the claim issued forth by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who say the fact that Hector Bellerin is currently the dominant right-back at the Emirates Stadium will significantly help Juve’s cause.
It’s believed the recent complications felt by the Turin giants’ Stephan Lichtsteiner - he underwent minor heart surgery and will be out for a month - has awoken the Bianconeri to the problem they have in replacing him, and Debuchy is the man they want to provide competition.
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Of course, Debuchy himself has issues of his own to contend with having lost his place to Bellerin after returning from a lengthy injury.
With the European Championships on the horizon - they’ll take place in France next summer - Debuchy knows he must be playing regularly to make the international cut.
At the moment, and indeed with an eye on the foreseeable future, he isn’t, hence his problem.
A move better?
There’s no guaranteeing he’d have any better fortunes at the Juventus Stadium, particularly if Lichtsteiner’s woes are behind him following his surgery, but at the very least a move would symbolise a burning desire on Debuchy’s part to improve his chances of selection for his national side.
After all, the former Newcastle right-back is experienced at the highest level and hasn’t lost out in north London through any fault of his own. He’s simply a victim of circumstance, and in that respect Juve could help him significantly.
Arsenal fans, do you think Debuchy will leave the club in January? Is he better than Bellerin? Let us know in the comments box below.