By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
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Mathieu Debuchy’s proposed loan move to Aston Villa is unlikely to go through before Monday night’s deadline, Arsene Wenger has revealed.
Football Insider revealed on Sunday that the deal had hit a snag after the Midlands club made a U-turn over the loan fee.
Speaking at his media briefing on Monday morning about whether Debuchy will leave Arsenal in the window, Wenger said: “At the moment it doesn’t look like it, but it’s a possibility,” he said. But any deal will only be a loan. “It’s impossible to do permanent deal now.”
Asked whether Debuchy – who has also attracted interest from Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen – will be staying in the Premier League, Wenger replied, “yes”.
Arsenal appeared to have clinched the terms of a loan deal earlier this month with Villa, who agreed to pay a £1.2million fee to land the Frenchman until the end of the season as well as fund his wages, which would be worth a further £1.2million over the duration of the temporary transfer.
However, Villa’s perilous position at the bottom of the Premier League table has prompted a change of thinking among the Midland club’s hierarchy.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that they are reluctant to commit to such a substantial loan fee.
Debuchy is currently in limbo as he waits to link up with countryman Remi Garde at Villa Park, although there is hope among all parties that the situation can be resolved and the transfer can go through before the 11pm deadline on Monday night.