Italian Club To Bid For Newcastle Defensive Target

We’re not sure if Newcastle are still interested in 23 year-old  Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Montpellier captain

But if we are,  then we’ll have significant competition from Italian club Napoli, as talkSPORT are reporting they are ready to do a deal with the French Champions Montpellier, for the services of their captain.

The French defender has never played for the full France team, although he played 8 times for the French U21 team,  and made Laurent Blanc’s squad of 26 for Euro 2012, but not the final squad of 23.

Newcastle have scouted the 23 year-old player, who was born in Bangui, Central African Republic, for over a year now, and he’s been tracked closely by Chief Scout Graham Carr.

And it could be that Newcastle targets are getting around to other clubs – and they are jumping in – given the great success Newcastle have had in spotting good players for very  good value,  since Graham Carr joined the club just over two years ago.

The news is that Napoli are ready to bid for the French U21 International,  who was a star player for Montpellier last season when they won the French Championship,  and of course he is their captain.

When Newcastle’s interest in the player started about a year ago, Yanga-Mbiwa was priced at £5M, but in the talkSPORT article today, his value is pegged at £10M – that’s called inflation. 😀

Montpellier are anxious to keep their captain, and that’s hardly surprising, given he’s played 190 times for the club with 4 goals, since joining them back in 2007.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 16, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #1

    i know exactly what is going to happen every decent sized team with more money than us is going to wait to see who we go for and make bids…

    our youngsters really need to make the grade this year

    although would love us to get Debuchy , De Jong, Elia and Alderweild for the 1st team as this would make us champs league quality!!!

  • toonincheek

    Jun 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Love to get him, but I can’t see it happening.
    I’m not even sure we are pursuing him – I suspect the hierarchy know it’s a non-starter due to his likely transfer fee and competition from other clubs.

  • lukes26

    Jun 16, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Forget Yanga-Mbiwa…Here’s a player that Carr’s been scouting. He’s not french though (he seems German to me) but has been scoring loads in Germany:

  • chris_g

    Jun 16, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #4

    “Yanga-Mbiwa has attracted strong interest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool, and he told Canal Plus that playing for United would be a ‘dream’.

    ‘Playing for Manchester United would give great satisfaction and it would mean a dream could become a reality,’ he said.

    ‘Arsenal too are a big team.’

    No mention of Newcastle there then. Just another mercenary. Next !

  • toonincheek

    Jun 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Chris – not exactly a mercenary.
    If all those clubs offered the same money, which club would most players choose?
    C’mon – put them in order!

  • Darling27

    Jun 16, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #6
  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 16, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Od already gave up on thos one so don’t care tbh.. but if we don’t get debuchy I will be fuming!!

  • obatoyou

    Jun 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #8

    This makes no sense to me whatsoever

    “are not quite through, but will be as group winners if they draw. They will be knocked out, though, if they lose to Denmark by any result other than a one-goal defeat in which Germany score at least two AND Portugal win.”

    If Denmark win 3-2, and Portugal win 5-0, why would Germany still qualify for the knockout stage?

  • obatoyou

    Jun 16, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Germany 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 6
    Portugal 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
    Denmark 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3

    Germany’s goal difference would be 5 4 1
    Portugals 8 3 5, and Denmark 6 5 1, both better goal difference than Germany, therefore they both go through, but this contradicts what the website says.

  • obatoyou

    Jun 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Ok I get it now. the goal difference between the 3 teams in question is the only relevant goal difference, meaning scrap the game against Holland for goal difference purposes.

  • obatoyou

    Jun 16, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Still not getting it!!
    8.07 If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the
    following criteria are applied, in the order given; to determine the rankings:
    a) higher number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question;
    b) superior goal difference in the matches among the teams in question (if more
    than two teams finish equal on points);

    If Germany lose 2-1, and Portugal win, Germany will still have a better goal difference among the the 3 teams in question, so they should go through, but according to the website they won’t 🙁

  • Beattie25

    Jun 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    If Debuchy is coming then it’s already a done deal. If it isn’t a done deal then he isn’t coming.

    If we didn’t try to sign him up in January I’ll be very annoyed. Overall I am trying to believe that our top targets are those that have not even been linked. If we have played a waiting game then we are screwed this summer.

    I said a few weeks ago that this is the biggest transfer period in the clubs history and that if we miss this opportunity we will regret it for a long time. The only thing keeping me positive? Grams Carr saying that we’d be excited.

  • obatoyou

    Jun 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    my bad, germany’s goal difference will be 0 if they lose by 1 and portugal’s is 0 too, but portugal scored heaps of goals.

  • Lynxie

    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Germany have 6 points, and a goal difference of plus 2. Denmark need to win 2-0 to knock the krauts out, and Portugal would need to win by the same score. Result?Germany Eliminated

  • obatoyou

    Jun 17, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Figured it all out now Lynxie..

    Denmark 1-0

    Portugal 1-0

    will knock Germany out 😉


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