Arsenal block deadline-day swoop from Manchester United for £60,000-per-week international

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Arsenal have reportedly rejected Manchester United’s loan approach for defender Mathieu Debuchy.

According to The Sun, United were willing to meet Arsenal’s demands of paying a £1m loan fee and all of Debuchy’s £60,000-per-week wages, but the Gunners did not want to do business with their old rivals.

The Red Devils have injuries to Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in full-back positions, and Debuchy would have been able to provide cover on both flanks.

The Sun adds that the 30-year-old is now likely to join Ligue 1 club Bordaeux for the rest of the season, with Premier League basement side Aston Villa having failed to agree terms on their own loan deal.

Debuchy is looking to leave the Emirates Stadium to play regularly ahead of Euro 2016, and his chances of catching Didier Deschamps’ eye are arguably much better playing in France than in England.

The former Newcastle United right-back has lost his place in Arsenal’s first team because of the emergence of Hector Bellerin, which has limited him to two Premier League starts this season.

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