The January transfer window is very much like the summer transfer window as clubs try to improve the quality of their squad – unless you are Newcastle United where we tend to sell players and nearly always make a profit in this transfer window.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with John Carver while on Tyneside
And it looks like we’ll do that again this January with news today that Roma have triggered the clause that allows them to buy French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for £5.5M.
Mapou played his 20th game for Roma over the weekend and that automatically triggered the buy clause, and Roma have followed through on that and he’s now a Roma player, and both clubs issued statement s that made it official.
This is the Newcastle statement put on their web-site:
“Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has completed a transfer to AS Roma after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.”
“The French defender joined Roma on a loan deal in September 2014 but it has now become a permanent move.”
Mapou played 46 times for Newcastle United and we wish him all the very best at Roma and in his future career.
It seems that Newcastle will only bring in a number of youngsters this month, and then loan them out back to their clubs for the rest of the season – so we’ll not be strengthening the squad with any first team players coming through the door – for instance with a striker and a central defender.
There’s a chance Newcastle may even run a deficit this January, if we can sign Dele Alli of MK Dons for £4M, as is widely being reported.
So that will make it close, especially if we bring in two young Spanish players – 18 year-old Racing Santander forward David Concha and 17 year-old center-back Jorge Mere of Sporting Gijon.
That would be a change to have a net spend in January – which we also did back in 2013 – but we were in relegation trouble then.
Wonder if we’ll sell Moussa Sissoko this month?
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