Montpellier man on Gunners’ radar.
Arsene Wenger has targeted a move for France international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, writes the Sunday People.
He helped Montpellier to the title last season and Arsenal made a bid during the summerwhen they signed Olivier Giroud from the same club – despite Yanga-Mbiwa saying his dream move would be to Manchester United.
While that offer was rejected, the Gunners believe Montpellier may be willing to do business for around £3.5million now the club are out of the Champions League.
Right-back Bacary Sagna is likely to leave the Emirates in the summer after failing to agree a new deal.
So Wenger believes Yanga-Mbiwa would provide ideal cover at full-back or in the heart of defence.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and the Gunners could finally get their man in January.
The talented defender, 23, helped Montpellier to a surprise Ligue 1 title-win last term and into this season’s Champions League.
Naturally the French club were keen to keep hold of their prized assets (although striker Olivier Giroud did, of course, join the Gunners) for their debut campaign in Europe’s elite competition but now the minnows have been eliminated, they may be willing to allow Yanga-Mbiwa to leave, particularly with PSG running away with the domestic title.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to restructure his defence this month and Yohan Djourou has already been allowed to leave the club. Sebastian Squillaci could be the next flop to depart, while the Frenchman is willing to listen to offers for woeful Brazilian left-back Andre Santos.
Meanwhile, Bacary Sagna is yet to sign a new deal at the club and is free to talk to foreign suitors this month (a situation that has largely been overshadowed by Theo Walcott’s similar contractual issues).
With all this in mind, a player like Yanga-Mbiwa would be the perfect fit for Arsenal. The France international is young, hungry and talented and, importantly, can play anywhere across the back-four.
The Montpellier man would be the perfect player to plug a few holes for the remainder of the season and is likely to be happy playing anywhere in the Gunners first-team.
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