According to reports from Il Tempo, Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has emerged as a target for Italian club AS Roma as they look to sign him on a loan deal with an option to make it permanent at the end of the loan spell.

The Italian club are in need of a new right back going into the new season and have shortlisted a number of players but Debuchy looks a realistic target for the club.

Earlier reports suggested that the French international is set to leave on a season-long loan deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray with the Gunners accepting the deal.  But the Turkish club have reportedly withdrawn from the deal which paved the way for Roma who are looking to sign a full-back this summer.

The 31-year old is now considered as surplus to Wenger’s requirements going into the new season as he has plenty of options in the defence and is keen to trim his squad.

Debuchy has fell behind in the pecking order with the emergence of Hector Bellerin who is touted as the best young fullback in Europe. Since making a move to Emirates from NewCastle in 2014 for £12 million, the French International has only managed 22 appearances for the North London club.

The player has spent the second half of last season on loan at French outfit Bordeaux but failed to make an impact as he suffered an injury during his loan spell which restricted him to only 9 Ligue 1 appearances.

The player still has three years in his contract with Gunners but has expressed his desire to leave the club this Summer. Clubs like Bordeaux, West Ham have also shown interest in signing him.

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