According to Le Parisien, Bordeaux have opened negotiations with Arsenal over a permanent deal for Mathieu Debuchy.
The right-back, 30, spent the second half of last campaign on loan at the Ligue 1 outfit as he attempted to regain a place in the France national team ahead of Euro 2016. Debuchy’s quest was ultimately in vain as an injury in the final weeks of the season ruled him out of contention.
Debuchy started Arsenal’s friendly with Lens on Friday night and will travel to the States as part of the Gunners pre-season squad, however, his unwillingness to play second fiddle to Hector Bellerin means he’ll push for a move before the start of the season.
Debuchy was signed from Newcastle United in 2014 for around £10 million and remains under contract at Arsenal until 2019.
On paper, Arsene Wenger has plenty of cover at right-back with Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson and new boy Rob Holding all capable of playing the position.