I read with great interest this morning about the potential Arsenal transfer target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and it is encouraging news for Gooners. All the papers reported yesterday that his Ligue 1 club Montpellier had agreed a deal worth £6.8 million which would see him join Newcastle United. The Gunners seemed to have let another player slip away as Mbiwa was set to have a medical in the North East yesterday.
What Yanga M’Biwa offers by KJ
There has been a lot of early activity in the transfer market already. This includes Arsenal shifting Maroane Chamakh on loan to West Ham for the rest of the season. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. Djourou looks certain to join Hannover on loan and the club is doing it’s best to shift Squillaci and Arshavin to free up the wages for some arrivals.
Newspaper reports had suggested that Arsenal were going to swoop for another of the French champions best players. The captain and versatile defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was widely expected to be joining his former Montpellier team mate Olivier Giroud at the Emirates in January, but it now appears that they will have competition for the 23-year old from Chelsea.
There is a transfer story today claiming that Arsenal are ready to make a swoop for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from the French champions Montpellier in January. The Gunners were linked with the French international in the summer, but the club resisted and the 23-year old, who is the club captain, decided to stay and help them defend the Ligue 1 title and compete in the Champions league for the first time.