AS Roma have made a quick profit after a move for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was confirmed late on Friday.
The former Newcastle defender has joined Lyon from the Italian club, only seven motnths after joining AS Roma on a permanent deal.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined on an initial loan last summer and then a permanent deal for 7.4m euros was triggered in January after playing a certain number of matches.
Lyon have paid 8m euros up front, with another 2m euros to come once certain landmarks are reached.
Not a bad deal for either AS Roma or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
The player has seen his career resurrected and played Champions League football, got back into the French squad and is now looking forward to more CL football as Lyon qualified after finishing runners-up in Ligue 1.
As for Roma,they have made a profit on the player who has helped them qualify once again for the Champions League with a second place finish.
Signing a five year deal for the French club, Mapou Yanbga-Mbiwa has made the switch after finding out he was no longer going to be an automatic first choice in Rome.
Leandro Castan has returned to first team action after having been cleared to feature after recovering from brain surgery.
The highlight of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s stay was the goal he scored against derby rivals Lazio, which confirmed Champions League qualification for AS Roma.
This prompted cult hero status for the former Newcastle player, with countless AS Roma fans bizarrely ‘blacking up’ (see above) in his honour for the home match that followed.