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Stamford Bridge side challenge Emirates Stadium side in chase for Montpellier skipper.
CHELSEA are bidding to beat Arsenal to the signature of Montpellier star Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was thought to be leading the race to sign the highly-rated defender.
But Chelsea now appear keen to land the 23-year-old, at the expense of their London rivals.
According to French TV channel Canal+, representatives of the Stamford Bridge club were present to watch Yanga-Mbiwa during his side’s win over AC Ajaccio on Saturday night.
And Chelsea could view the France international as an ideal long-term replacement for current captain John Terry.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is a player attracting a great deal of attention over the past 18 months and it could prove very tricky for Montpellier to prevent the loss of another of their title winning side, especially if Arsenal and Chelsea’s interest sparks a bidding war for the adaptable defender.
The 23 year old is most commonly used as a centre-back in Rene Girard’s defence but the Montpellier captain can also play as a full-back on either flank.
Chelsea’s interest in a player this source believes could be a long term replacement for John Terry appears to ignore the fact that the Blues have a number of potential replacements for the veteran defender already.
The likes of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic could all ably take Terry’s spot but perhaps Stamford Bridge scouts are sufficiently impressed by the French international that they feel it imperative they boost their defensive options with a move for the one-club man.
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