Arsenal Transfer News Thursday 7 January

Debuchy Set For Serie A Move?

Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal transfer news and rumours
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Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy is in talks over a move to Serie A side Roma. However, the deal could be scuppered by Italy’s quota system.

Debuchy is looking to quit the Emirates after less than two years with the Gunners after falling behind Hector Bellerin in the Arsenal pecking order.

The Daily Mirror says that Arsenal are looking for a loan deal with a transfer fee of £8million for a player they paid £10million for in 2014. However, reports from Italy claim Roma are looking for a loan with a redemption fee next summer of only €5-6million (£3.7-4.4million). That alone could scupper any move for the France international as it means Arsenal taking a hit on his book value.

But Roma need eight ‘training’ Italians in their 25-man squad. They are struggling to fill that quota and may need to jettison another foreigner before signing Debuchy.

Roma are coached by Rudi Garcia who knows Debuchy from their time together at French side Lille. Another Ligue 1 outfit, Lyon, are also interested and the full-back is known to prefer a move back to his homeland. But he enjoyed some success under Garcia with Lille winning the French league title in 2011.

Arsenal To Tie Up Elneny Deal

Arsenal are sending a delegation to Switzerland today to complete the transfer of Basel defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny. According to ESPNFC the Gunners will send representatives to the Swiss club to tie up what are being described as “a few loose ends”.

Elneny was in London before Christmas to talk over personal terms after the two clubs agreed a fee of 11million Swiss francs – around £7.4million. He is believed to have flown to Egypt for Christmas before returning last week for a medical at Arsenal.

Arsenal have had to apply for a work permit for the Egypt international as he has no EU passport and Egypt are outside the top 50 in the Fifa rankings.