Premier League side Newcastle United are bracing themselves for a flurry of enquiries for French right back Mathieu Debuchy once he returns from his World Cup duties with the French national team after some of the top European teams registered their interest in the former Lille wing back.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a keen admirer of the Frenchman and the club has been linked with a move for the powerful wing back following the free transfer of Bacary Sagna to Premier League champions Manchester City.
And now, the likes of AS Roma, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are all keeping a close watch on developments as the race for his signature gets hotter after a brilliant start to the World Cup for both France and the player.
Debuchy joined Newcastle United in January 2013 from Lille and is under contract with the Magpies till the summer of 2018 but that has not deterred the top European heavyweights in weighing up a move for the player.
The player himself has previously expressed a desire to leave the club stating that he wants to play regularly in the UEFA Champions League, something that the club cannot offer him and the club bosses are keen to sit down for talks with the player and his agent once he returns for training after the World Cup.
France has already reached the knockout stages of the competition where they are set to meet Nigeria with the prospect of meeting the winners of the Argentina versus Algeria clash in the quarter finals.
His involvement with France means he will take a break once the tournament is over for the team and the delay already has Newcastle United chiefs sweating over the future of the player who is one of their prized assets as well.