I read with great interest this morning about the potential Arsenal transfer target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and it is encouraging news for Gooners. All the papers reported yesterday that his Ligue 1 club Montpellier had agreed a deal worth £6.8 million which would see him join Newcastle United. The Gunners seemed to have let another player slip away as Mbiwa was set to have a medical in the North East yesterday.
What Yanga M’Biwa offers by KJ
There has been a lot of early activity in the transfer market already. This includes Arsenal shifting Maroane Chamakh on loan to West Ham for the rest of the season. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. Djourou looks certain to join Hannover on loan and the club is doing it’s best to shift Squillaci and Arshavin to free up the wages for some arrivals.
One name that’s on everyone’s lips is Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. With Wenger actively looking to flog two centre backs, it’s only natural that we’d want at least one to bring in.
Newspaper reports had suggested that Arsenal were going to swoop for another of the French champions best players. The captain and versatile defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was widely expected to be joining his former Montpellier team mate Olivier Giroud at the Emirates in January, but it now appears that they will have competition for the 23-year old from Chelsea.
The Star reports that scouts from Stamford Bridge watched the player during the French side’s victory over AC Ajaccio on Saturday. Chelsea are in need of a central defender, as John Terry’s recent absences have shown how fragile they can be at the back, especially if David Luiz has one of his moments where he forgets he is supposed to be a defender.
There is a transfer story today claiming that Arsenal are ready to make a swoop for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from the French champions Montpellier in January. The Gunners were linked with the French international in the summer, but the club resisted and the 23-year old, who is the club captain, decided to stay and help them defend the Ligue 1 title and compete in the Champions league for the first time.
Metro reports that the failure to qualify for the next round of Europe’s top competition, or even drop into the Europa league, has led to a rethink. The versatile defender could be a great acquisition for Arsenal and the report claims that Mbiwa has refused to commit his future to Montpellier, so will be sold for a reduced price.