If rumours are to be believed Arsenal draws closer and closer to signing Montpellier’s center-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who they have been watching this season as he captained his club to the French Ligue 1 title.
The defender who was recently called-up to the French squad in the 25-man pre-EURO squad has been tracked by Arsene Wenger’s scouts in this successful year at the French club and they have been highly impressed at what they saw.
After being sent home from the National squad when manager Laurent Blanc had to choose the final 23-man-squad for this summer’s tournament, many believed that Arsene Wenger would drop his interest, but it seems that the French manager is still very much interested in the possibility of bringing him to the club.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has admitted that he would love to make a switch this season, and Montpellier have slapped a £13m transfer fee for the Frenchman’s services, but he would have to be persuaded that he would not be an automatic starter in Arsenal’s back line.
Arsenal are still looking for a midfielder, and that will be their most important target despite the fact that they are still looking for reinforcements all around the pitch, but if Johann Djourou gets his wish to leave the Emirates then Mbiwa is a much more talented replacement.