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?