Aston Villa boss confirms talks to sign Arsenal defender

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has confirmed his interest in signing Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, according to reports from talkSPORT.

Debuchy has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates in recent weeks due to his struggle to break into the first-team.

The right back was signed by the Gunners from Newcastle United in the summer of 2014, but an early injury saw his position taken by young Spaniard Hector Bellerin.

And ahead of Euro 2016, Debuchy is hoping to make the cut for the France national team and needs regular football to do so.

His availability has thus alerted Villa, and Garde confirmed he has held talks with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over the 30-year-old’s potential transfer.

“I had a conversation with Arsene a few days ago about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was among these players,” said Garde.

“It’s too early and it won’t help me or anyone to go forward in this style to make too many more comments.”

Serie A giants AS Roma are also keen on Debuchy’s signature, but a move to the Stadio Olimpico will see him compete with the likes of Maicon and Alessandro Florenzi for a starting berth.