Transfer News: Arsenal & Chelsea Battle For £7m Frenchman

By on August 28, 2012

As we enter the final stages of the summer transfer window, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news. Today, Arsenal and Chelsea battle for a French defender.

Yanga-Mbiwa

Chelsea have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, according to the Metro.

Mbiwa has become one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Europe after an excellent season at the back for Montpellier, captaining the side en route to an unlikely Ligue 1 title last term.

Arsenal have scouting the 23-year-old for around a year and stepped up their interest in the player after sending representatives to run-the-rule over him once again during Montpellier’s 1-0 defeat to Marseille on Sunday.

The Metro claim the Gunners are set to table an offer for the centre back as boss Arsene Wenger looks to add a defender to his squad before the window slams shut on Friday night.

However, Chelsea have now joined the race to sign the France international and also sent scouts to watch him over the weekend.

Despite the recent acquisition of Cesar Azpilicueta, Roberto Di Matteo is believed to be considering bringing in another defender this week and Yanga-Mbiwa is on his short-list.

The Bangui-born stopper has entered the final year of his contract with Montpellier and so far been unable to agree terms on a new deal. The French side are reluctant to sell their captain but an offer of around £7m could force them into selling this summer.

Yanga-Mbiwa is a versatile defender who predominantly plays in the middle but can also play right back and in midfield, and has clocked up nearly 200 appearances since making his debut for Montpellier in 2007.

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20 Comments

  1. Neil

    August 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I think he would better suit arsenal and their style of play, plus at arsenal he would get more match time and start more games

  2. Neil

    August 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I think he would better suit arsenal and their style of play, plus at arsenal he would get more match time and start more games for arsenal then he would with Chelsea

  3. Arsenal 4 life

    August 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Mr. Wenger pls snap him and Copue up right away because Mbiwa is an excellent defender and Capue is what we need in front of back four… I have watched them both played and they are all we need to fill the gap… Right footed striker maybe

  4. sadam

    August 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    buy him pls Mr. Wenger

  5. michael

    August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    i think he shuld come to chelsea if he want to win any throphy

  6. Basiru

    August 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    A W should make the right signings so that we can be able to compete for titles. Up gunners! 4life……………..

  7. abolarin

    August 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    i think should come to chelsea if he want to achive greater things likes trophy and can also play as backup to john terry…….

  8. Emmanuelidika

    August 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I think he should come to chelsea if he really wants to win trophies.chelsea are a great team.up blues 4 life..

  9. BigMc

    August 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    wenger will not buy him cus he don’t want to rubish his money!! He only know how to sell and keep the money!!! Wenger why why why u sold van persie £24m song around £20m why can’t u use the money and bring talent star to the club???? Tank God am a Chelsea fan and my club are realy making me proud by bringing, marin,eden and thorgan hazard,moses,azpilicueta,oscar,and de bryuen, if wenger fail to finilize the signing of mbiwa chelsea wil definately do it (up chelsea)

  10. hybrahym

    August 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Chelsea will snap him up b4 wenger…coz wenger is d one dat sees player bt chelsea will buy d player at last..up blues

  11. Adebayo

    August 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I tink chelsea shud sign mbiwa.he’s a gud defenda.he’s going 2 play matches like FA nd carling cups 4 us nd am sure he’s going 2 win trophies.he shud not go 2 a team dat is miser in everytin,bcos arsenal team players are one of d poor poorest poorest players in europe.i tink CHELSEA IS D RIGHT TEAM 4 HIM TO COM

  12. aRaBa

    August 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    chelsea fans-glory hunters!

  13. sunny anderson

    August 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    i dont tink wenger knw wot we go tru in d hands of our rival fans how i wish he knew he will do wot he need to do

  14. YSQUARE

    August 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I THINK ARSENAL IS A BETTER SITE GUNNERS 4LIFE.

  15. Odera christian 4rm Anambra- Nigeria

    August 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I think he cn adapt t our style of play…… Bt we still nid a gud DM t help arteta nd cazorla…. Up Gunaz

  16. jay why bee

    August 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Look,if you love urself u better come to chelseafc and win trophy or else u wil not touch any silver or gold in ur life till u finish ur carrer if u decide to go asenal.Ok

  17. jay why bee

    August 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Look,if you love urself u better come to chelseafc and win trophy or else u wil not touch any silver or gold in ur life till u finish ur carrer if u decide to go arsenal.Ok

  18. kekere

    August 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    if u like u can cum 2 chelsea if u want 2 win trophies and play wit repected player,u can also go 2 arsernal and u wil never any trophies in ur life.up blue.

  19. afoorem

    August 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

    u can go 2 anywhere u lik bt rememba dat chelseafc are nt an underrated clud in d world

  20. precious

    August 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Chelsea wil welcome U̶̲̥̅̊
    So come n add 2 our strength n alsoo win trophies wit a lot of bonuses…..
    Uuuuuuup bbluessss….a gud chelsea fanz shuld add me on bbm 2 discus more on our team..
    21d79a5e

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