Emirates boss wants to sign adaptable Cameroonian international.
Arsenal prepare £16m move for Marseille’s Stephane Mbia
Arsenal are preparing to make a £16m transfer bid for 24-year-old Marseille midfielder Stephane Mbia, according to latest reports.
Despite Mbia only joining Marseille last July from Rennes, in a move that cost a reported £10.5million, Arsenal are looking to tempt the Cameroon international from the French side during the transfer window.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder rejected a move to the Premier League with Everton last summer.
Mbia has already been linked to a move to Bayern Munich this summer, after helping Marseille to their first League title since 1992. (The Metro)
With Arsene Wenger still reportedly keen on snaping up an experienced defensive minded midfielder the Arsenal boss is apparently trying to capture Cameroonian international Stephane Mbia, but is there any chance Marseille will consider selling a player who only arrived in the summer and also helped guide the French side to their first domestic title in 18 years?
The 24 year old has long since been linked with a move to the Emirates but ended up making a move from Rennes to the Stade Velodrome and subsequently had a great season at the club and was expertly converted into a centre back by Didier Deschamps.
Mbia may well still be tempted by a move to the north London club but whether any deal can be done is another thing entirely. Wenger has been looking for a defensive midfielder to play alongside Cesc Fabregas and has been impressed by the form of Mbia’s fellow countryman Alex Song, but is reportedly still looking for a player to offer more steel to his side.