Wenger blocks Arsenal transfer as Debuchy set to complete loan move

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

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Mathieu Debuchy is set to join Bordeaux on loan after Arsenal blocked a potential move to Manchester United, Football Insider sources understand.

United made a bid to sign Debuchy as Louis van Gaal tried to reinforce the decimated full-back position in his squad for the second half of the season.

But Arsene Wenger refused to allow the right-back to join a team he regards as a title rival and the player is now in line to complete a deadline day transfer to Bordeaux.

An Arsenal recruitment source has told Football Insider that the two clubs are hammering out a deal before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.

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Bordeaux have confirmed their interest in signing Debuchy on loan for the rest of the season after Arsenal and Aston Villa failed to reach an agreement on a deal for the France international.

“Debuchy will not be joining Aston Villa,” Garde said at his media briefing on Monday afternoon. “Aston Villa wanted a loan. Arsenal wanted a permanent transfer.”

On guard: Villa manager Remi Garde had targeted Debuchy in the January window

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,” the manager added.

Asked whether Debuchy – who has also attracted interest from Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen – will be staying in the Premier League, Wenger replied, “yes”.

However, it now appears as if Debuchy is headed back to his homeland as he aims to clinch a place in the France squad for Euro 2016.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Serge Gnabry is in talks to join one of two potential Championship clubs.