Report: Debuchy close to Saint Etienne move

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According to reports in France, Mathieu Debuchy will be allowed to join Saint Etienne for free today despite being under contract at the Emirates until the summer of 2019.

The right-back is desperate to quit Arsenal in search of regular game time while the Gunners are eager to move the Frenchman off their wage bill.

Nice were interested in signing Debuchy in the summer only to drop their interest at the last minute, while the likes of Brighton and West Bromwich Albion have also been linked.

“I want to leave, to find a new challenge in January,” said Debuchy in December.

“The fact I’m playing well [in the Europa League] will give me opportunities.

“We’ll see if there are good opportunities in the transfer window. I’m open.”

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