Newcastle would like to completely unload Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – in other words they would like the deal with Marseilles to be a permanent transfer rather than a season-long loan – but news in France is that the two clubs are struggling to agree an initial loan deal for the Frenchman, with a future option to buy – and the big problem is his wages.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – loan deal to Marseilles
Newcastle paid a hefty £6.8M for the defender when we bought him from Montpellier in January of last year, and there’s little chance the fee that will be part of the deal in case Marseilles want to make the deal permanent next year – will be anywhere close to that figure.
We’ll have to take a loss on Mapou when he finally leaves the club permanently – some time in the future.
Mapou has not been a success at Newcastle, although he could do a job for Marseilles in the French League this season.
The French web-site Hat-Trick is reporting the French international has agreed personal terms with the French club, and that his wages are more than £60K/week at Newcastle – but that seems way too high for a player who was unproven in the Premier League, when we signed him.
Newcastle want Marseilles to pay 80% of Yanga-Mbiwa’s weekly wages – so if £60K is the correct amount then they want the French club to pay £48K of that.
These are the kind of difficulties clubs get into when they sign players who don’t make it – especially when they signed on big wages – but of course every transfer is a risk of some sort.
We will not even mention the four and a half years Xisco spent at Newcastle, when the Spaniard was on £50K/week, and he played for us 11 times in that time.
That’s over £11M the Spaniard received in wages form the club over that time period, although it would have been be less than that because we loaned him out to some Spanish clubs. 🙁
So it looks like Newcastle will still need to pay some of Mapou’s wages this season, and supposedly we would hope that Marseilles will make the deal permanent next year.
If the deal is completed and Mapou plays well in Ligue 1 this season, which is certainly possible and even probable after his experience in the Premier League, other French clubs could be interested in signing him at the end of the season.
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