Newcastle United’s France World Cup star Mathieu Debuchy to sign for Arsenal

ON THE WORLD STAGE: France's Mathieu Debuchy
ON THE WORLD STAGE: France's Mathieu Debuchy

NEWCASTLE United’s Mathieu Debuchy is close to joining Arsenal.

The defender told reporters that he was involved in talks with the club after France’s World Cup exit.

And discussions have been ongoing between Newcastle and Arsenal over the past few days, with the eventual fee expected to be around £10million.

Speaking to L’Equipe, the 28-year-old said: “Nothing is done. For now, we’re talking.

“Arsenal is a very big club, we will see how it works out.”

Debuchy, signed from Lille in January last year, is keen to again play in the Champions League.

The right-back’s depature will be a significant blow to United, who are attempting to line up a replacement.

Feyenoord’s Daryl Janmaat and Ajax’s Ricardo van Rhijn are two possible targets.

Debuchy has been one of the club’s most consistent performers since his £5million move to St James’s Park.

Newcastle have made no comment on the proposed move.