Monday 24 October 2016

Arsene Wenger blocks Manchester United's move for Debuchy

Published 01/02/2016 | 15:52

Mathieu Debuchy has found playing time restricted at Arsenal
Mathieu Debuchy has found playing time restricted at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears to have blocked Manchester United’s attempts to sign Gunners full-back Mathieu Debuchy.

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United’s links with Debuchy emerged in the last 48 hours, with the French defender keen to secure a move from Arsenal as he looks for regular first team football.

His lucrative wage deal with the Gunners was proving to be a problem for several interested clubs, with Aston Villa not keen to pay his full wages for the next five months and Arsenal insisting they wanted a permanent transfer.

Reports in France are now suggesting that 30-year-old Debuchy will seal a move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, with an initial loan deal in place that could pave the way for a permanent transfer next summer.

Injuries to defenders Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Phil Jones have affected United’s ambitions this season, yet their late plan to find a quick fix with a move for Debuchy appears to have come to nothing.

The latest word from Old Trafford officials suggests they are not expecting to make any signings on deadline day, with the lack of spending in this transfer window certain to fuel suspicions that boss Louis van Gaal will not be in place for the start of next season.

Jose Mourinho continues to be linked with a move to United, but he side-stepped questions on the rumours as he attended an event at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

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