During the winter break, Sky Sport Italia broke the story that there was a clause in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s loan agreement, which meant that if the Frenchman played twenty times during his loan spell then AS Roma were obliged to make the deal permanent with a £5.5m transfer fee.

AS Roma played away at Fiorentina on Sunday and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa did indeed make his twentieth appearance for the club from the Italian capital.

mapou yanga-mbiwaFor once the reports were bang on the money and in a very short statement today, Newcastle United have confirmed the permanent transfer of the defender.

Newcastle United Official Statement

‘Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has completed a transfer to AS Roma after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.

The French defender joined Roma on a loan deal in September 2014 but it has now become a permanent move.’

Now Newcastle fans wait to see whether any potential incoming funds will make any difference to United’s inactivity in the transfer market this January.

Financially, despite the poor state of Italian football both on and off the pitch, Roma should have had no problems funding any permanent transfer. Despite now trailing top of the table Juventus by 7 points, AS Roma look nailed on for Champions League football again next season as they are eight points clear of third.