One of the players Newcastle have been linked with all season, is Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Newcastle linked with Montpellier captain
And there is news today in the Daily Mail that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keeping tabs on the versatile defender, who can play anywhere across the back four.
If anything, the Newcastle defense has been the weakness at times this season, and a versatile defender coming in over the summer would be a good move by the Tyneside club.
That same view is also true of Arsenal of course, whose defending sometimes this season has been woeful.
The captain of Montpellier turns 23 next month, and he has French citizenship, and he has Montpellier 2 points above the very rich PSG, with 6 games to play in the league.
Mapou was born in Bangui, Central African Republic, and he has 8 caps at the French U21 level, and he made his debut for the French club back in 2006, when he was 17, after moving to France when he was a toddler.
Yanga-Mbiwa can also play in defensive midfield, and his value has been tabbed at around £5M in the transfer market, but the Mail puts his value now at £7M, but that’s probably a little high.
Yanga-Mbiwa wants to move to England and he had this to say last December:
“People live for football in England, and that is what I want to experience.” “I’ll see what offers I get, but English football is incredible.”
“There is more physical contact than in France, but I like that – it suits my style of play.”
And in late January, when he was told that Newcastle may be interested in him, he had this to say:
“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.”
The 6′ tall defender is a player that Newcastle have been linked with for some time, and we think this lad would be a very good buy for the Tyneside club, based on how versatile he can be in defense, and he’s a hard tackling defender.
In six seasons at Montpellier he has appeared 175 times with 4 goals for the French club, which is the only club he has ever played for.
What do you think?