Arsene Wenger looks set to improve his Arsenal side by adding the services of Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy, a transfer that could potentially signal the beginning of a summer spending spree at the Emirates.
"Arsenal have been in contact with Newcastle over the potential signing of Mathieu Debuchy, " reads Sky Sports' report. "However, any deal is unlikely to be concluded until after France's World Cup participation is over."
The Gunners are expected to pay around £12 million for the French international who is being brought in to replace Bacary Sagna, as reported by Metro. Reports are galvanised by Debuchy's actions on Twitter, in which he was seen to have removed reference to Newcastle from his bio, as reported by 101 Great Goals.
While a loose way of judging the player's future, this action was initiated last week by Luke Shaw, minutes before he confirmed a transfer from Southampton to Manchester United. Progress in the hunt for Debuchy adds to intense rumours surrounding Arsenal's transfer activity, in which the club are linked with snapping up a new striker.
Porto forward Jackson Martinez has thrown his name back into the mixer after admitting he wouldn't turn down the chance to play for the north London side, as reported by Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mail:
My agent is taking care of my future, right now I'm at the World Cup and only after the World Cup I'll evaluate proposals. As a child I cheered for Arsenal, they play a game that suits me. If I had the occasion to play there, I would say yes.
Such a comment is extremely positive news for Wenger. The French boss needs to add a pacey, powerful striker to his ranks. Olivier Giroud worked hard during the 2013-14 campaign, but he needs to be pushed beyond his 16 Premier League goals by world-class competition. Martinez could provide this after hitting 20 strikes in Liga Sagres last season, as per WhoScored.com.
Manchester United are also said to be interested in the Colombian, who will "wait until after the World Cup" to decide his future, as reported by Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.
David Kent of the Daily Mail suggests Arsenal "are ready to trigger" Loic Remy's £8 million buyout clause as an alternative, adding the proven Queens Park Rangers speedster to the line-up for a reasonable price.
One of these potential signings would signal a difficult route into the first team for Joel Campbell, who is ready to return to Arsenal after a successful loan spell with Olympiakos and an impressive World Cup run with Costa Rica.
Roger Lacey, a representative of the agency that oversees Campbell's business, indicated a host of Serie A clubs may be tempted by the tricky forward. "Are Italian teams interested? Yes,” Lacey told MilanNews (via Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star). "There are several clubs who are in the top band that have made enquiries about the boy."
Lacey went on to say there "hasn't been anything concrete" from Milan and that Campbell's future "is to be assessed after the World Cup."
Transfer dealings certainly appear to be moving at the Emirates. Wenger can make supporters feel a whole lot better by completing the signing of Debuchy and then progressing onto other pressing concerns, namely finding a new striker.
The rumours will continue to swirl, big names will continue to be mentioned as Arsenal's next hero, but right now, the only certainty is that Wenger has plenty of work to wade through.
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