Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa made his 20th appearance for Roma tonight, and Football Italia is reporting that means the Italian club must now buy him on a permanent basis from Newcastle United.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will be signing for Roma according to reports
If the news is to be believed, then the loan agreement between Newcastle and Roma included a clause making it mandatory for Roma to buy the French International once he had played 20 times for Roma.
The buy-out amount is thought to be around €7M – and using today’s exchange rate with the euro – that’s about £5.25M.
In tonight’s game Mapou started for Roma at Fiorentina, and as we write this the score after 65 minutes is 1-1.
Newcastle’s Managing Director Lee Charnley said that he didn’t expect to sell any players in this January transfer window in his interview in the Chronicle last Tuesday night – and apparently the Q&A was at his request.
This is how he answered the question – will Newcastle sell any players?
“I would never, ever rule out selling anyone because the worst thing I could do is over-promise and under-deliver. You will never, ever get me saying never but I would say we’re very difficult sellers.”
“We make it very difficult for people to get our players. We put them on long-term contracts. We are not easy sellers, despite that perception. As we sit here today I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving.”
We assume Mapou is not one of the players Newcastle want to retain this month, so we may hear soon that the French defender is no longer a Newcastle player and has signed for Roma.
Mapou signed on for Newcastle two years ago from Montpellier, and he made 46 appearances for the Newcastle first team, but the Frenchman found it difficult to adjust to the rigors of the English Premier League.
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