By Will Butcher

Mathieu Debuchy is close to joining Galatasaray on a season-long loan, according to a report.

Football website Goal claim Arsenal have accepted the proposal of the Turkish giants and the deal will be finalised within days.

The Gunners have sanctioned the exit of Debuchy after his route to a first-team spot was blocked by Hector Bellerin.

The French right-back, who has three-years left on his Gunners contract, spent the second half of last season on loan at Bordeaux, but only made nine appearances due to injury.

Debuchy, who signed for the Gunners back in 2014 for around £12million from Newcastle, now appears set to move to Jan Olde Riekerink’s side.

The 27-time France international has made just 21 appearances during his time at Arsenal, who have Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson who can deputise at right-back.

Reports had previously suggested that Debuchy could make a return to Bordeaux in a permanent deal.

Sky Sports claimed on their website’s live transfer-centre page that the Ligue 1 club would like to sign Debuchy, but would also be interested in a loan move if necessary.

Debuchy moved to England in 2012, after Newcastle identified the former Lille full-back as one of Europe’s best right-sided defenders at the time after 10 years and 233 League appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

However, since his move to North London, Debuchy’s career has spiralled downwards and the injury-plagued 31-year-old is looking for an escape route.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has delivered a fresh blow after revealing Riyad Mahrez would remain with the Foxes.