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.
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.