05 July 2014 | News Comments

Debuchy admits Arsenal talks

France and Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy has admitted talks are taking place over a possible move to Arsenal.

With Bacary Sagna having left the Emirates at the end of his contract, Debuchy would be a much-needed addition to the Arsenal squad.

Debuchy is reported to have told l'Équipe: "Nothing is done yet, now we are discussing. Arsenal is a great club, we'll see how it goes."

Debuchy dismissed as fake an Instagram account which purported to be his, and which posted a message saying "goodbye Brazil, hello Arsenal".

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has had no desire to sell Debuchy, who signed a five and a half year deal when he joined the club from Lille in January last year for around £5.5m.

However, the player has spoken of his desire to play Champions League football once again, something Newcastle cannot offer him, and rather than try to hold on to a potentially unhappy player, they could be prepared to cash in - but only if the price is right.

Debuchy had previously removed reference to his being a Newcastle player from his Twitter handle, and favourited a tweet in which a user claimed that he would soon be unveiled as an Arsenal player.