There are lots of reports out there that Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is set to take a medical at Italian club Roma, before the transfer window closes tonight, and go out on a season long loan but surely we will only let Mapou go if we have another centre-back coming in – otherwise we will be left with only three experienced center-backs for this season.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – in action for Newcastle last season
Yanga-Mbiwa joined Newcastle from Montpellier last January for a fee of around £6.7M, and he just hasn’t looked the same player he was at Montpellier – when he led the club to their first ever French League Championship in 2012.
The French defender hasn’t even been on the bench for Newcastle this season, which is a good hint that there’s no future for him on Tyneside.
Moving to Roma this season could be an excellent move for the 25 year-old, and it seems a deal has been finally reached between Newcastle and Roma, with Newcastle wanting the Italian club to pay 80% of his wages for the season.
Roma can even offer him Champions League football, after they finished second to Juventus last season, and under former Lille manager Rudi Garcia they could be pushing Juventus hard this season.
And of course Rudi will know all about Yanga-Mbiwa, after he managed Lille from 2008-2013, before joining Roma last summer, so he knows what he’s getting in Mapou – who can play anywhere along the back four.
It’s all well and good allowing Mapou to leave on loan, but does that mean we have somebody lined up to replace him – like Virgil van Dijk of Celtic or Toby Alderweireld of Atletico Madrid.
We hope so.
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