Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa, the 23-year old Montpellier defender is currently the man most likely to join Arsenal if the rumour mill is to be believed. If he is in the sights of Arsene Wenger, however, he may be harder to acquire than first thought. With only a year of his contract with the French champions left, M’Biwa would be available at a very reasonable fee of around £7 million.
The problem that Arsenal could face is competition for his signature. Metro reports that Chelsea and Manchester City were, along with Arsenal, in France to watch the player at the weekend. Both Roberto Mancini and Roberto Di Matteo are keen to strengthen their defences, although Chelsea have already bought a new right back this summer.
Apparently Chelsea may be about to cash in on David Luiz, with Barcelona and Man City interested. M’Biwa is known to be a very capable and versatile player. He has appeared at centre back, right back and midfield for Montpellier. The French club do not want to sell one of their most reliable stars, who has been almost ever present in the first team since progressing from the youth system. They will try to maximise his price if they do sell, and the more clubs are interested, the better their bargaining position will be.