Report: Arsenal offer Mathieu Debuchy to Brighton, potentially inspired free-transfer signing

Brighton manager Chris Hughton looks on during a Pre Season Friendly between Brighton & Hove Albion and Atletico Madrid at Amex Stadium on August 6, 2017 in Brighton, England.

Mathieu Debuchy has no future at Arsenal but could be offered a Premier League lifeline by Brighton and Hove Albion.

Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on November 27, 2016 in London, England.

Brighton and Hove Albion have not had to wait long before tucking into the Premier League’s money pie.

The Seagulls have shattered their transfer record on three separate occasions this summer, deals for Valencia goalkeeper Matt Ryan and PSV playmaker Davy Propper eventually eclipsed by the £13.5 million signing of Club Brugge speedster Jose Izquierdo, per Sky Sports.

And though Mathieu Debuchy would cost far less, the fact that Brighton could genuinely make a move for the Arsenal right-back once again proves that the Premier League’s smaller clubs are more powerful than ever before in the transfer market.

French midfielder Mathieu Debuchy (L) vies with Spanish defender Jordi Alba during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match Spain vs France on June 23, 2012 at the Donbass...

The Mirror report that Arsenal will let Debuchy leave the club for free after falling out of favour under Arsene Wenger and have offered the 32-year-old to newly-promoted Brighton, who are looking to strengthen their squad after failing to win any of their opening three fixtures.

Debuchy hasn’t featured in an Arsenal shirt since November of last year due to a relentless series of injuries and the emergence of Hector Bellerin and even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Wenger’s revamped wing-back system.

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal (L) pats Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal on the back after he is forced off the pitch due to injury during the Premier League match between Arsenal and AFC...

Yet, the Frenchman is still a player with considerable pedigree, having cost Arsenal £12 million when he moved from Newcastle United just three years ago, as reported by The Telegraph.  He also has 27 caps for his country, impressing in particular when bursting onto the scene at Euro 2012.

And Debuchy would surely provide some much needed competition for 36-year-old skipper Bruno Saltor at right-back while offering Brighton an extra dash of Premier League experience.

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