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Arsenal To Open Talks With Cameroon International Over Shock Move
According to reports today, Arsenal are set to open talks with former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Stephane Mbia about a free transfer switch to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for a versatile defensive midfielder who can also fill in at centre-back if needed and the likes of William Carvalho has been strongly linked in recent weeks.
However, with Sporting Lisbon asking for over £20m for the Portuguese international, it seems the boss has turned his attention to a cheaper alternative as the Metro are reporting that we are set to open talks with free agent Stephane Mbia.
The 28-year-old is without a club after leaving QPR at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract and although the Cameroonian international has been linked with a permanent move to Sevilla – where he spend last season on loan – the newspaper suggests that Arsenal are ready to make their move.
Mbia is predominantly a defensive midfielder but can also operate at the back if needed, so he does fill the positions we need strengthening, but I’d personally be extremely disappointed if he’s the player we end up signing.
He was extremely poor for QPR during his debut season in 2012/13 before he was loaned out to Sevilla and in my opinion, he’s nowhere near the ‘world class’ bracket we should be looking at.
Carvalho or Schneiderlin would be FAR better options, so let’s hope these links to Mbia are nothing more than idle paper-talk.