Manchester United seems to be in a perfect position to add a talented central defender in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa—if they're interested.
Although The Daily Mail reports that Yanga-Mbiwa is Arsenal's top target, they should reconsider their pursuit of him. The 23-year-old Central African that currently plays centre-back for Montpellier, has publicly stated his desire to play for Manchester United.
He told The Daily Mail via France Football:
My dream is to play wearing the shirt (of United) at Old Trafford. My favourite club, without a doubt, is United.
I know this is a business, but if I were Arsene Wenger of Arsenal, I wouldn't want a player on my side that so openly professed his love for another English Premier League club.
Yanga-Mbiwa may have all but gift-wrapped himself to Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford.
The Red Devils can really benefit from his abilities as a defender. He'd add a great deal of depth to the middle of United's defense.
Because of his age, and the age of United's other central defenders: Jonny Evans (25) and Chris Smalling (23), Yanga-Mbiwa figures to fit in nicely.
Ferguson would be wise to make him a priority soon.
Montpellier will be negatively impacted with their star's potential exit at first. The club has a ton of newcomers from the team that sits 11th in the Ligue 1 tables.
However, Yanga-Mbiwa can't save the club alone, and they would be smart to try and rebuild with assets acquired from his transfer. Ferguson shouldn't be slow to move on him.
Even a player with such an interest in a club could become insulted by what could be perceived as a lack of interest.
If Yanga-Mbiwa backs off his open statements of love for United, it may encourage other clubs to throw major offers at Montpellier.
Allowing the talented defender to attain his dream of playing for United would be the best for all parties involved. The Red Devils storied history and winning tradition has done much of the work in a potential pursuit for Yanga-Mbiwa.
Ferguson must now claim the easy prize.
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