Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy was offered a staggering five-year deal to join Manchester United last January, according to recent reports in France.

Former Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal was in the market for a defender last season and was prepared to take a chance on the injury-plagued Frenchman, claim L’Equipe.

However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger blocked the move from going through, refusing to sell to a rival club, leaving Debuchy “disappointed”.

The 31-year-old cost the Gunners £12 million when he joined from Newcastle United in the summer of 2014 and started out as Wenger’s first-choice right-back.

Ankle and shoulder injuries have blighted his time at the club, restricting him to just 22 appearances for the North London outfit.

During his time on the sidelines, young Spaniard Hector Bellerin has come in and cemented his place in the team, developing into one of the finest right-backs in Europe.

Despite being heavily linked with a move away from the club, Debuchy is back in training with the first-team squad, having recovered from yet another injury.

The Frenchman hasn’t feature for the Gunners since April 2015, but with Bellerin ruled out for up to a month with an ankle problem and Carl Jenkinson struggling for form, he could soon find himself back in the starting line-up over the next few games.

Dutchman van Gaal, meanwhile, was sacked by United shortly after winning the FA Cup in May, following a disappointing campaign which saw them finish in fifth place in the Premier League.


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