Arsene Wenger said the other day that he liked to wait until the end of the window before he bid for the players he most wants. But what if other clubs move first? Well Arsene is going to have act quickly if he wants to secure the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Stoppila Sunzu both of whom are apparently on the verge of committing to other clubs.
Long-term target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who was excellent for Montpelier against Arsenal in the Champions League, is apparently on his way to Newcastle with the club having agreed a £6.7m fee for the French international defender.
The Daily Mirror is suggesting that Wenger will offer the player the chance to play at The Emirates and will trump the Toon’s bid. What would make Yanga-Mbiwa such great value is that he can play as a central defender, but also a right back. If, as is possible, Bacary Sagna leaves the club in the summer then he would offer competition to Carl Jenkinson while replacing Johan Djorou as a reserve centre back.
If that deals doesn’t happen then Arsene might prefer to look again at one of the first tranfers targets of the window Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu. The Mirror reports that although a deal with Reading appears almost done, Arsene Wenger may re-activate his interst in the defender, who is on AFCON duty, who could be picked up for less than £4 million.
Finally The Mail suggests that Arsenal have been offered Lyon’s midfield playmaker Yoann Gourcuff on loan. Gourcuff has been on Wenger’s radar for a long while, but it could be argued is too similar to many players that Arsenal already have in their squad. He has also endured a difficult twelve months dogged by injuries and poor form.