Arsene Wenger has finally agreed a loan fee of £1.2m with Aston Villa for French defender Mathieu Debuchy, according to a report from the Express.
The struggling right-back has played only two matches for Arsenal this term, with the speedy youngster Hector Bellerin making the first team spot his own with some outstanding performances, and Aston Villa are trying in desperation to strengthen their squad to fight against relegation.
The French defender has made only 12 Premier League appearances (this season only two league games) since his move from Newcastle 18 months ago, as his injury problems last term giving young energetic Bellerin the first team opportunity he needed to push the veteran behind him.
However, the expected move will be no great surprise; Debuchy hasn’t been too quite infront of the media of late, claiming recently: “They [Aston Villa] are among the teams who want me I am looking at everything but it is not an option I have ruled out. It could be a great challenge – even if they are currently in trouble.
“Aston Villa are one of the big English clubs. I also had the coach on the phone and the conversation went well. Whatever happens, even if it is to come back here in the summer and leave again, I have to leave this winter. I cannot stay at Arsenal.”
Aston Villa boss Remi Garde has also revealed since the start of January about the potential for the move, saying: “I had a conversation with Arsene a few days ago about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was among these players. It’s too early and it won’t help me or anyone to go forward in this style to make too many more comments.”
Debuchy even blasted Arsenal boss Wenger recently as accused the French manager of misleading him about his future at Arsenal. The defender who was France’s first-choice right-back during the last World Cup, now desperately needs to get back into contention for his home Euro this year.
Apart from Aston Villa, West Brom was also interested to sign him but last month Daily Mail reported that Wenger has tagged £1million for the frustrated defender. The 30-year-old defender is under contract until 2019