Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has a dream of playing in the English Premier League, and there have been recent reports that Newcastle are interested in the player.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Montpellier captain could be good buy
At just 22 years old the 6′ tall defender is already captain of Montpelier, and they remained second top of the French League behind PSG with a good 1-0 win at home to Lyon yesterday.
The winning goal came in the second half through Olivier Giroud, in a game that Montpellier dominated.
This is what Yanga-Mbiwa told Sky Sports only last week:
“I am flattered by the interest from the French champions, but there is no agreement between the clubs, so I am still here with Montpellier,”
“Newcastle are interested? Well it means my performances have crossed the country.”
“My dream league has always been the Premier League, so you never know.”
“But for me if Montpellier have to agree a fee with a team, then who knows? But I would love to play one day in England.”
Newcastle have an impressive scouting network under Chief Scout Graham Carr, and it’s at its strongest in France, where there’s no doubt some excellent bargains can be made.
The Montpellier captain will have been watched by the Newcastle club a number of times this season, and he has been very impressive for a side who are currently second top of the French League, and the Bangui, Central African Republic born player can play anywhere across the back four.
He joined Montpellier back in 2006 as a youth player and made his debut for the French side in February of 2007 against Bastia, when he was just 17, and he started the match and played the entire game.
Yanga-Mbia has so far played 172 times for the French club with four goals, and he has played 8 times for the French U21 side.
His transfer fee has been quoted at around £5M, but if Newcastle can get that down by one or two million we think this lad could be a good acquisition for the Tyneside club.
But whether Newcastle can get him in this month is questionable simply because Montpellier are doing so well in the French League.
What do you think?