Newcastle are said to be interested in Anderlecht full-back Chancel Mbemba, and we were first linked with this player last year.
Chancel Mbemba – the new Vincent Kompany
The 6 ft tall defender is often compared with Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany in the way he plays, and the lad already has 14 caps for DR Congo and played for them in the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, when they were losing semi-finalists to eventual winners Ivory Coast, and eventually finished in 3rd place.
Mbemba was born in Kinshasa, DR Congo whereas Kompany was born in Belgium, but both are of Congolese descent.
Chief Scout Graham Carr has been at a number of Anderlecht games this season, but the principal player Graham has been watching is their young 20 year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, although the Belgian press have said we are also watching this defender.
The right footed central defender who can also play at full back is an imposing player, and Newcastle have been credited with an interest as have both Porto and Atletico Madrid, with other unnamed Premier League clubs also said to be interested.
Reports in Belgium say the player is aware of Newcastle’s interest and is even keen on a move to the Premier League this summer.
Mbemba is surrounded with an age controversy.
The player was registered with the Congolese club E.S. La Grace back in 2006 and showed his birth date as 8 August 1988, but when he registered with Anderlecht six years later his birth date was 8 August 1994 – so in this six years he didn’t age at all.
And then he registered with a third date of birth (30 November 1991) for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.
So he could be 20,23 or 26 – take your choice – and FIFA have also investigated his age.
He is generally shown as being 20 years old with his birth-date 8 August, 1994.
The new reports in Belgium say the player may have a buyout clause of about £5M in his contract with the Belgium club, which has over two years to run.
Newcastle are good at finding these things out, and of course we need strengthening at center-back, and he can also play at right-back.
He joined Anderlecht in 2012 and has played for them 70 times with 9 goals.
He’s not too tall at just under 6 ft, but he’s said to be a good header of a ball and has excellent positional play.
What do you think?