Report: Italian duo Roma and Juventus battle for Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy

Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy

Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy could leave in January.

According to a report in Italian editorial Tuttomercatoweb, Italian duo AS Roma and Juventus are plotting a January move for Arsenal’s out of favour defender Mathieu Debuchy.

The France international has struggled for game time this season, starting just two Premier League when regular right-back Hector Bellerin was ruled out with injury.

With the European Championships just around the corner, Debuchy is in a precarious situation and could see his chances of representing France next summer diminish without regular first-team football.

Still a reliable defender and very capable going forward, the 30-year-old is an attractive proposition for clubs in January and a move to Italy’s Serie A could become a real possibility.

“Juventus and Roma are ready to storm in January for Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy,” TMW report.

Both Italian clubs have suffered somewhat this season, with Napoli and Inter Milan looking the most likely to win the title heading in to the upcoming winter break.

AS Roma in particular are in need of extra cover at right-back, with Brazil international Maicon now 34 and fellow option Antonio Rudiger arguably better playing at centre-back.

Debuchy has already admitted to reporters that he plans to speak with boss Arsene Wenger over his playing situation at the club, and he hasn’t ruled out a January exit.

With Wojciech Szczesny already on loan at Roma, perhaps a switch to the Italian capital could make sense for Debuchy even if it’s only a temporary one for the remainder of the season.

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