Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy could be heading to Serie A side Roma in January, according to the Italian daily Corriere dello Sport.
The 30-year-old has lost his place in the Arsenal team and was left out of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the recent wins over Armenia and Denmark.
The £12million signing was believed to be considering his Gunners future over the summer after losing his spot to Hector Bellerin at the turn of the year and now his omission from Didier Deschamps’ latest squad means the former Newcastle defender could be leaning towards a move to Serie A to reignite his Euro 2016 hopes.
Debuchy was a second-half substitute for Bacary Sagna in Septemeber’s 2-1 win over Serbia, but Deschamps has chosen to go with Sagna and Christophe Jallet at right-back in the two recent friendlies.
First-team football is imperative for Debuchy and reports suggest Roma are set to make a loan swoop for the player when the transfer window opens in January.
Debuchy, who is rated in the £10million bracket, and has made only three appearances this season is believed to have three-and-a-half years left on his Arsenal deal.
“It is difficult,” Debuchy told L’Equipe last month. “Even if I had not played a lot last season, in my head I would return to start after my recovery. But, at the Community Shield against Chelsea, Wenger chose him, Bellerin.
“It was a surprise and a disappointment. Let’s say it [leaving] crossed my mind. But I want to be at Arsenal and to take my place.”