Arsenal Agree Deal For Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy

There is an exclusive in the Daily Star today,  that Arsenal have agreed to sign Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle for £12M, and the deal will be announced at the end of the World Cup.

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Mathieu Debuchy – signing for Arsenal

Arsenal need to replace right-back Bacary Sagna, who signed on at Manchester City as a free agent this summer, after letting his Arsenal contract run down.

There was news in the last week or two that Arsenal were interested in signing Debuchy, who has played very well for France in the World Cup, and has also kept Bacary Sagna out of the starting line up.

It seems that since his best friend Yohan Cabaye got a big deal to move to PSG in January. Mathieu has been targeted by some big clubs who have also included PSG, Monaco and Roma.

And we suspect meeting up with top players in the French squad who play Champions League football every season, has whetted the Frenchman’s appetite for playing in Europe’s top league again, and he recently said he missed playing in the Champions League.

The fee Mike Ashley wanted for the full-back, who has only been at Newcastle for 18 months, is £12M.

So if Arsenal have indeed met that fee, then it’s a certainty he will sign for Arsenal, who can also offer him a better compensation deal than he is currently getting at Newcastle.

Newcastle paid around £6M for him in January last year when we signed him from Lille, and every single player has his price at Newcastle.

If a club comes in and meets that figure then Mike Ashley’s strategy is to sell the player,  and then (try to) replace them with a younger player – who costs less money.

That may have happened with Mathieu Debuchy – if the Daily Star report is accurate.

Mathieu turns 29 later this month and has played 46 games for Newcastle with one goal.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #1

    If we are starting to actually send cash, how about getting in touch with Lukaku’s representatives now Chelsea have confirmed Costa. Then we might actually start to see some optimism.

    On topic, Mirror and Star are the two papers I have seen that a deal is agreed for Debuchy. I wouldn’t use either to wipe my arse, so will wait for any actual confirmation, despite expecting it to happen.

  • Santon03

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #2

    So NUFC policy these days : no news = good news, more news = 0 or bs.
    SDJ was a surprise signing, we might has signed Cabella since there are nomore news about him.
    I still don’t believe in this Debuchy Arsenal deal, the guy is in Brazil just finished last 16 round and concentrating on Quarter finals. I’m pretty sure that Deschamps wouldn’t allow any transfer negotiations during WC and I don’t think Debuchy made any contact with NUFC during WC. I think with his great performance arsenal won’t be the only club interested, he might leave but after WC to see which clubs going for him and it’s great opporturnity for MA to get more money after WC and more clubs gong for Debuchy.
    Just doesn’t make sense about NUFC accepting Arsenal bid for Debuchy right now.

  • cyprus

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Real big shame if this guy is leaving. Definitely worth more than Cabs.

    Did we sign the right brother this time? Twice we brought in the wrong brother.

  • Spoof

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #4


    his agent would be getting the deal sorted for him, it can all be done without any disruption at all to him whilst in Brazil

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree. I fully expect him to leave, but I doubt that anything is already done and dusted. Not only could Ashley get more money if he continues to do well, but Debuchy could demand higher wages, signing on fee etc. which means his agents would get a better cut, so I can’t see them having advised him to sign anything as of yet, or done so on his behalf.

  • Slank

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6

    The story sounds credible. Arsenal have lost Sagna and need an experienced right back. Debuchy is the perfect fit as he has said he wants Champions League. The £12M sounds good too.

    Question is will we buy to replace him or switch Santon to the right and have Haidara on the left with Dummitt, Saylor and Colback as backups?

  • kingdanuk

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah fully expect him to leave but free wih Micky Quinn latest comments that he is an oo playr but an average defender. Makes too many mistakes and gives away too many needless fouls. Now if we are gonna sell to arsenal Ivan see maybe a swap deal wih jenkinson which I would be happy with, English quota plus a good up and coming player. What do you think?

  • Santon03

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8


    Nobody has made any transfer deal when they were involved in WC. Some even prevent girlfriends or wives to join the players in Brazil.
    With news like this if it’s true, Deschamps will send him home because it means that he is concentrating more on his personal business rather than his country.

    This news is probably created from some arsenal fans. He could be staying if we signed good players.

  • Santon03

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #9

    I expect Debuchy to make press conference soon.

  • Spoof

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #10


    Debuchy will not be involved in the negotiations, players rarely are, his agent will be doing it for him, or can be doing it for him, so if the clubs have agreed a fee and the agent has got the contract sorted for him then all he needs to do is pass his medical and then sign when he gets back, Debuchy may not have any idea what is happening, I am not saying it has happened but it can and does on a regular basis, look at when we signed Cisse, he was in the acon but his agent got it sorted and all he did was pass his medical, sign and then go back to the acon, hopefully this is rubbish and he stays with us, but the deal could already be done.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #11

    all of this are absolute lies !!!!
    the player is still playing for his country in the WC
    how it’s a ” done deal ” for Arsenal ??
    I hate this pathetic media !!!

  • Kris

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Typical Newcastle.

    Suddenly when it comes some good news, it just been more worse than it was. SDJ will probably be a nice signing, and I like that one. But it’s a bigger lose to loose Siss and Debuchy. Fantastic players for us – maybe our best players.

    Why on Earth did we sell JT? He should be given a try!

    Uchida, Aurier or Alderwield would be good options at right back.

    Now we just have Ryan Taylor, Santon and MYM that can play right back. In my opinion Santon is far better at the left.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #13

    and Mr Wenger needs to understand that £ 12M
    is way too small fee for a player like Debuchy
    put £ 20M or leave it !!!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Got to be honest this is pretty good business. Double our money for a 29 year old when Santon can come in at right back and Haidara at left. Also half price for 25 year old SDJ. Pretty shrewd you have to admit.

    “I think our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays and I cannot wait to start Pardewing (working with) him.”

    A ”false number 9” for a false manager.

    In fairness though I do feel a bit happier now if SDJ can stay fit and with Ash telling Pardew he wants more attacking football this season.

    As Lilo says we now have 3 ”elite” coaches out of only 16 in the world, so maybe things looking up a bit there too.

    Now if we can get some of Cabella, Grenier, Lacazarette (wrong spelling,) P.E.A, Sega Courbilaly, Virgil and possibly the Mexican keeper if Krul leaves (may not now with SDJ coming in ) then things look distinctly rosier, despite still being handicapped with Pardew.

    I wonder if Pardew has been given the same remit from Ash as Allardyce now has at West ham, ie give us good football to watch or else…!

  • ToonMatt

    Jul 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #15


  • ToonMatt

    Jul 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda heights, Sorry I have to disagree this is not good business for the club the only one to profit from this is Mike Ashley the club won’t see a penny and it weakens the team.

  • jimBOB

    Jul 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #17

    its fine we can just buy Yedlin, some performance from him lastnight, 20, fast and speaks english. get the Yanks in. bit of a change.

  • Sav

    Jul 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Surprised Wenger would cough up 12 mil for 29 year-old Debuchy when he would offer only a tightwad ten for Cabs this time last year?

  • anthc

    Jul 2, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Think its inevitable he will be leaving. I must agree about the usa full back mind. When he opens up that lad was lightening and fit. Vertonghen had 30yds on him at one point and the kid nearly blitzed him. However wc and pl are different games

  • funguswatty

    Jul 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Mark Douglas ?@MsiDouglas 2h
    On Debuchy: categorically told he’s agreed nothing with any club yet. Think #nufc realistic about it though. Scouted replacements for a yr.Mathieu Debuchy’s Newcastle United future will be resolved after the World Cup.

    Reports this morning claim that Arsenal have already struck a deal for the right-back but the Newcastle are yet to receive an official bid from the Gunners – or fellow suitors Marseille and Paris Saint Germain. Indeed there is unlikely to be any definitive movement on Debuchy until France’s World Cup adventure concludes.

    United are realistic about the right-back’s future though, and are aware of his desire to play Champions League football. They have been scouting for alternatives for over a year and have included Ivory Coast’s Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier on their shopping list.

    Arsenal remain a likely destination but any club that bids for the 28-year-old will have to meet Newcastle’s valuation of £12million.

  • Brutooon

    Jul 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    i still prefer anita at right back – simple because he is useless at centre midfield


    Jul 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    I really hope this doesn’t happen, Debuchy is one of the best right backs in the world and will only get better for us next season. If it does we should move to quickly to bring in Serge Aurier for half the price. He looked very strong and quick for Ivory Coast

  • magpiefifer

    Jul 2, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Don’t believe the Star, but Debuchy will leave – if he has
    ambition to play for a progressive club!!!
    Debuchy won’t be the only player to leave – and I can’t see Ashley re-investing all the cash he receives from outgoing players.


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