Surprising news tonight that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could be headed on a season long loan deal to AS Roma and not Marseilles, according to reports in Italy.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – could move on loan to AS Roma
Mapou cost Newcastle £6.8M in January of last year from Montpellier, and it’s unlikely that a club will come in for him with that amount of money, after he hasn’t played particularly well for Newcastle over a season and a half.
So the main thing Newcastle want to do is to at least get his wages off the wage bill for the season.
The way to do that is to get the lad out on loan, with an option to buy next summer, if the Frenchman does well while on loan, and according to reports that figure has been set at around £5M – so if Newcastle finally get that money, we will have lost around £1.5M on the player in transfer fees.
You win some and you lose some.
As far as the day-to-day finances are concerned, the only cost of a player to the Magpies are his wages, so if Newcastle can get the player out on loan then all – or a large proportion of his wages – will be paid by the club he’s loaned to.
There was some disagreement on wages with Marseilles, and it’s Newcastle’s right to get the best deal they can from a club paying his wages – and essentially loan deals are all about that – how much will the club pay of his wages – and save Newcastle money.
The news was that Newcastle wanted Marseilles to pay 80% of Mapou’s wages and maybe AS Roma are willing to pay that.
We were thinking that with Newcastle finding it difficult to bring in a top central defender before tomorrow night, they could be having second thoughts on Mapou, and maybe even have kept him at the club, so he would be another defender for Newcastle to choose from.
Our defending yesterday was poor and even worrying the way we looked so porous at the back against a mediocre side.
But if the Magpies are still willing to allow Mapou to leave on loan, it tells us they are either confident of getting a new center-back in tomorrow, or they are confident that Curtis Good or Lubo Satka can do a job in case more than one of our three remaining center-backs are injured this season.
What do you think?
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