Get French Football News is reporting that Arsenal, Newcastle and Mathieu Debuchy have reached agreement on his transfer to Arsenal, and the announcement of the deal is imminent.
Mathieu Debuchy – agreement reached
The deal is said to be for an initial £10M plus bonuses that will amount to 2.5M depending on the number of games Debuchy plays for Arsenal.
That’s £2M more than initial reports which said the deal was for an initial £8M plus £2M in potential bonuses.
And since Mike Ashley wanted £12M for the player, if Debuchy does well at Arsenal Newcastle will receive £12.5M for a player we paid Lille £5.5M for 18 months ago – so if the news is accurate – that’s a good deal by any measurement.
Mathieu has agreed a four year deal – which is the time he had left on his five and a half year deal at Newcastle.
Newcastle have been linked with a number of top right backs in the last few weeks, with the favorite being Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord, who is the current Dutch first choice right-back.
Mathieu played 46 times for Newcastle in his 18 months at the club, and was one of Newcastle’s best players last season.
We wish him the best of luck at Arsenal.
Written while on vacation in England.