Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy is set to complete a six-month loan deal to Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux after Arsene Wenger rejected a last-minute bid from Manchester United for the right-back, reports L'Equipe.
It had earlier been reported by The Sun that Louis van Gaal was ready to offer Arsenal their asking price for the French full-back, totalling a £1million fee as well as agreeing to pay his £60,000-a-week wages in full.
Manchester United have something of an injury crisis ongoing at Old Trafford at the moment with Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valencia all packing into the treatment room at the moment.
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A loan deal would have suited Van Gaal, who was looking for a short-term solution to his problems, but, unsurprisingly, Wenger was not willing to do business with one of Arsenal's main Premier League rivals.
L'Equipe say an approach was quickly knocked back by the Frenchman while Debuchy was told it would be Bordeaux or nothing. The 30-year-old, who has hardly featured this season, chose Bordeaux.
The claim has since been re-reported by other reliable sources, namely The Times journalist Gary Jacob, who tweeted this:
Debuchy has made his intention to quit Arsenal this month clear as he goes in pursuit of forcing his way back into the France national team for Euro 2016. Having fallen behind Hector Bellerin in the pecking order, he had no chance of doing that in north London.
After an injury-hit campaign last year, Debuchy has regressed significantly since his £12m move from Newcastle in 2014 and has started just two Premier League games all season.
The deal with Bordeaux will likely contain a recall clause within it, allowing Wenger to bring Debuchy back on a moment's notice in the instance of an injury crisis.