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Manchester United plotting last-minute raid on Arsenal

Manchester United are reportedly pushing for a move to sign Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy ahead of the January transfer deadline.

The 30-year-old is keen to leave the Emirates this month in a bid to secure regular first-team football ahead of Euro 2016, with Hector Bellerin forcing him out of the starting line-up under Arsene Wenger.

Both Aston Villa and Sunderland are understood to be interested in signing him on loan, but it appears as though United could be added to the list ahead of the deadline on Monday night, according to The Daily Star.

Louis van Gaal is desperate to sign a full back for the remainder of the season as he continues to suffer with an injury crisis.

The likes of Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian have all struggled with issues in recent weeks and months, while Luke Shaw remains a long-term absentee.

That has forced the Dutchman to play youngsters and other members of his squad out of position, and so he will be desperate to add quality and depth where possible.

Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether or not Wenger is willing to allow Debuchy to join their rivals, but the Frenchman did concede that he expects his compatriot to leave which will conclude their business in the transfer market this month.

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