Bet Victor, who had Arsenal as favourites to sign Mathieu Debuchy at odds of 9/2, have now suspended all betting on the potential transfer. This suggests that a move for the French international could be closer than originally thought.
Yesterday The Telegraph reported that Arsenal were interested in signing the 28 year old Frenchman. The right back, who is currently part of the France World Cup squad in Brazil, has consistently shown off an ability to be both solid in defence and an attacking threat.
A number of fine performances in Brazil have highlighted his qualities and led to The Toon reportedly setting an asking price of £12 million. However, this may be a fee that Arsenal are willing to pay considering that Debuchy already has 18 months experience in The Premier League. Add that to the fact that he is also keeping Bacary Sagna out of the starting eleven of the French side and it seems this could be an ideal transfer for The North London club.
Debuchy spent 10 years at Lille, coming up through their youth ranks and into the senior squad where he made over 230 league appearances. He also helped them to qualify for The Champions League before moving to Newcastle in 2013 for a fee of around £5.5 million.
Arsene Wenger is in need of a right back following the departure of Bacary Sagna for Premier League rivals Manchester City. Currently, they only have the inexperienced Carl Jenkinson available to cover that position.
The Gunners have been continuously linked with Ivorian Serge Aurier over the summer. The Toulouse full back has been reported to be close to signing for the club on a number of occasions but no transfer has yet been completed.
With Tottenham and QPR also looking at the young right back, Arsenal may well have decided to avoid a bidding war and go for the more experienced Debuchy.