There has been news over the weekend that Newcastle have agreed an €8M fee with Montpelier for French international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and the Frenchman is due to fly in to discuss personal terms and hopefully have a medical.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will Arsenal move for him at the last minute?
But guess what – there are rumors that Arsenal may make a last minute move for the Frenchman – and we know they’ve been interested in him for a while now, and we mentioned their interest over the weekend.
Didn’t something like that happen with a certain player from Marseilles who ended up at QPR last week?
And let’s face it Newcastle do not have the drawing power of an Arsenal – although we thought we had a lot more of it than that small club in London.
Yanga-Mbiwa is only 23, and he has proved himself a good and versatile defender who can play anywhere across the back four – and would be a great acquisition for Newcastle.
But like Newcastle, Arsenal have been looking closely at the three times capped French International for over a year now – and the story is being reported in the Daily Mirror – and it could even be credible.
And it seems anything is possible in this transfer market, given what happened a week ago with Loic Remy.
And the news that the Frenchman is a replacement for Coloccini, and who will therefore leave the club tomorrow, doesn’t hold too much water – since we were going after a center-back last summer, never mind just in January.
And if another disaster happens - and Colo is allowed to leave the club – heaven forbid – then we need to bring in another center-back – but whether we can do that in January is rather doubtful.
This story could simply be made up – because of Arsenal’s definite interest in Yanga-Mbiwa in the past – but it’s up to Newcastle to not get gazumped for a second time in just over a week, and we need to get this guy over the line as soon as possible.
Another transfer loss like Loic Remy would be another disaster for Newcastle in January.
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