Mathieu Debuchy’s successor at St James’ Park, Daryl Janmaat, could replace the Frenchman once again this summer.
The flying Dutchman has been a standout player in Newcastle’s side since arriving from Feyenoord for £5million in the summer of 2014 and has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates this morning.
The Chronicle claim several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as a number of Champions League clubs, have sent scouts to watch Janmaat and are closely monitoring his situation as Newcastle are engulfed in another relegation battle.
It is no secret that Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new right-back, with Debuchy – currently on loan at Bordeaux – set to depart permanently in the summer, and Daryl could be the ideal candidate.
Newcastle brand themselves “difficult sellers” and insist they won’t offload any key players this summer, but their hand may be forced if Arsenal were to follow up their initial interest.
One thing is for sure, Janmaat will not depart cheaply. The Dutchman has four years remaining on his current contract and is certainly a huge part of the Steve McClaren’s plans.
Chief scout Graham Carr has already begun preparations for the summer window, which could be a busy one for the Magpies. Defensive reinforcements are certainly high on the agenda, with left backs Raphael Guerreiro and Jetro Willems short-listed.
Lyon’s £10million-rated centre-half Samuel Umtiti has also emerged as a shock target.