The Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has put in some some spectacular performances this season in Ligue 1 and is now looking to take a step up to the Premier League. It’s no wonder some of the biggest names in Europe, like Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle have entered the race to try and persuade the 22-year-old into giving them his signature.
Nevertheless Mapou’s current club won’t be so willing to let their star captain slip through their fingers without a fight and are sure to offer him a pay-rise to waylay his new appetite for English clubs.
Sir Alex Ferguson could surely use a talented footballer such as the 22-year-old in order to strengthen his team’s defence, regarding Mapou as a wise and profitable investment, however Fergie will once again have to compete against Arsene Wenger and use all his tricks if he wants to snatch Montpellier’s El capitan away from the Gunners.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa told L’Equipe: “My desire is to play in England ahead of any other European league.”
“For me it would be a dream come true to see myself in the Premier League. Arsenal or Manchester United? They are two great clubs.”
“I feel very honoured they are interested in me and at the end of the season I will evaluate my future.” declared Mapou.
As in previous seasons, Arsenal’s rise up the table has been hindered yet again by a glut of defensive injuries, but is there really any hope that Wenger will buy a defender, especially after turning down the supremely versatile Jan Vertonghen?