Arsenal are expected to confirm the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle on Thursday…
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Arsenal will confirm the £10m capture of Newcastle United full-back Mathieu Debuchy within the next 24 hours, according to reports on ITV Football.
Once the deal is secured, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will continue to pursue further signings, including German international midfielder Sami Khedira and Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.
The 28-year-old, who joined Newcastle from Lille in January 2013, has played 46 games for the Magpies, and has regularly impressed with his performances at right-back.
Wenger has been desperate to find a replacement for long-time full-back Bacary Sagna, who has moved to Manchester City, and is now on the verge of securing his first-choice target after several weeks of negotiations.
Newcastle have held out on rubber stamping the sale until they had captured a suitable replacement, which they have now done with their imminent £5m signing of Feyenoord and Holland defender Daryl Janmaat.
Debuchy will become the second new signing at the Emirates Stadium this summer, following on from the £35m capture of Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez. Reports suggest that the duo will soon be joined by goalkeeper David Ospina, who is poised to move to North London from Nice.
French newspaper Nice Matin says the Ligue 1 club have accepted a £3.2million bid from the Gunners, with the deal set to be done in the next few days.
Arsenal have been following Ospina for the last few months but Arsene Wenger was convinced by his ability after the 25-year-old sparkled for Colombia at the World Cup. An agile shot stopper with brilliant reflexes, Ospina was available on the cheap after rejecting a new contract at Nice last season.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Khedira, with Sky Sports suggesting that they are edging closer to securing a deal for the World Cup winner.