According to France Football, Marseille are weighing up a move for Mathieu Debuchy.
Hang on, hang on…don’t leave! Yes, we know we’ve been here before, but you never know, it might happen. Maybe.
The 32-year-old is apparently desperate to leave the Emirates and is hoping that Arsenal might make it a bit easier for him by releasing him for free despite the fact he’s under contract for another two years. Apparently, the right-back still harbours hopes of playing for France in next summer’s World Cup. Hmm.
In July it looked, for about 15 minutes at least, like Debuchy might move to Nice only for the Ligue 1 side to turn their attentions to Christophe Jallet. Since then there’s not been much interest. Given Arsene Wenger’s swollen squad it’s almost certain he won’t be registered for action in the Premier League so if he doesn’t move he’ll probably be confined to star jumps with Jens for most of the week.
Last season he made just one appearance for the Gunners, 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.
At this point, any rumour linking Debuchy with a half-decent move is to be welcomed. While Wenger has coyly admitted opening the door for some players to leave this summer, it’s fair to say he blew up the whole front of the house for his compatriot quite some time ago and has been standing and pointing at the exit. He’s just not allowed to join Manchester United.