Arsene Wenger is very keen on adding the talented and versatile defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to his Arsenal squad, apparently, and the 23-year old Montpellier captain is available on a free transfer in the summer.
With Montpellier in Arsenal’s group in the Champions league this season, and Olivier Giroud a former team mate of Mbiwa’s it would seem that Wenger has this one in the bag. A problem has appeared on the horizon, however, in a red and black striped top.
AC Milan are hoping to hijack the deal, according to Talksport. They are hoping that Montpellier will want to make some money in January rather than keep him until summer and get nothing. They are therefore preparing to bid for Mbiwa in the next transfer window and may try to arrange things with the French club before then.
Mabiwa will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January and may not accept a move to the Serie A side, but only if he is confident of getting a better move in the summer.
The one thing that the Italian club may be able to offer him more than Arsenal is guaranteed playing time, with Mertesacker, Vermaelen and Koscielny already competing for a starting position.