According to RMC, Mathieu Debuchy is expected to undertake a medical with Nice in the next 48 hours ahead of a permanent move.
The France international was left out of Arsenal’s squad for their pre-season tour of Australia and China so that he could focus on finding a new club.
The 31-year-old made just one appearance for the Gunners last season, lasting just 15 minutes against Bournemouth in November. The cameo pretty much summed up his time at the Emirates since he joined from Newcastle for a fee in the region of £10 million.
After a bright start, the player suffered two terrible injuries in his debut season, lost his place to Hector Bellerin and never really recovered his form or confidence. He’s been stuck in a gilded cage ever since with interested clubs unable or unwilling to pay his hefty wage packet.
After Arsene Wenger blocked a move to Manchester United in 2016, the player spent the second half of the season at Bordeaux. He had hoped to snatch a place in his country’s 2016 European Championship squad, but that never materialised.
Let’s hope for both parties that Mathieu is fit enough to make the move to Nice. He has the carrot of Champions League football waiting for him if he does; the French side play Ajax in a qualifier at the end of this month.
There’s no mention of a fee, which suggests we may be about to write-off a very expensive mistake to reduce our wage bill.
UPDATE: According to RMC, Nice are going to sign Christophe Jallet instead. Apparently, the 33-year-old Lyon right-back was always their first choice. Oh well.