Arsenal transfer news: £8m International defender opens talks on January move

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Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy appears to be edging closer to the exit door after opening talks with AS Roma.

According to the Mirror, the French full-back spoke to Arsene Wenger about securing a move away from the club in the January transfer window.

Debuchy has struggled for game time this season, partly due to injury and partly because of the immense form of youngster Hector Bellerin, and is concerned that sustained inactivity will affect his chances of representing France at the European Championships next summer.

The former Newcastle United man wasn’t named in the France squad for Les Bleus’ November friendlies and faces competition from the likes of Christophe Jallet, Loic Perrin and Bacary Sagna for a spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad.

Wenger is understood to have agreed to the 30-year-old’s request, and as such, Debuchy looks primed for a January move to Roma, even if the Gunners hierarchy are concerned that injury to Bellerin risks leaving them short at right-back, with only Calum Chambers as an obvious replacement.

According to the tabloid, the north London heavyweights are prepared to sanction a loan move now, with a view to the switch becoming permanent for an £8 million fee.

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