Mbemba Deal Imminent – Will Follow Mitrovic To Newcastle


It looks like Aleksandar Mitrovic will finally sign for Newcastle after he has his medical this afternoon, but like the deal with Georginio Wijnaldum – it will very likely be announced tomorrow, once the medical staff have confirmed everything is OK.

The Belgium press also expect the deal for Chancel Mbemba – who is friends with Aleksandar – to be completed within the next day or two, but they are not as far along as they are with Mitrovic.

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Chancel Mbemba – close to Newcastle deal

Newcastle have spent an awful lot of time to wait for the 20 year-old to finally say yes – and credit to Newcastle for that – and to Lee Charnley in particular, as he looks to being off another stellar signing for Newcastle in a week.

Having both Anderlecht players at Newcastle together will help them both settle in.

Probably the next we’ll hear on Mitrovic is when he arrives at the airport – and with it being a Saturday there could be some Geordies to welcome the young striker to his new home.

We are hoping a second deal can be done with Mbemba who while only 6ft tall, has speed, skill and power that make him one of the best center-backs in Belgium and he has often been competed to Vincent Kompany.

Not sure how much Newcastle will pay for him but we though hit was €8M – but that could be £8M – but at £8M he could be a bargain.

This is what Belgian freelance journalist Philippe Vinck said about Mbemba yesterday:

“If Newcastle get him I believe it would be the signing of the summer.” “I think he’s better than Mitrovic – he’s quick, he’s strong and he has all the potential.”

“I already think he’s the best defender in Belgium.” “He was fantastic against Arsenal and he would be terrific in the Premier League.”

Chancel can play at center-back or right back and he’s either 20, 23 or 26 (take your choice) – here’s some information on his age:

In 2012, Congolese club ES La Grace had Brazilian sports lawyer Paulo Teixera put in a claim for training compensation to Anderlecht – the player was registered with the Congolese club in 2006.

The player’s registration from that time showed a birth-date of 8th August 1988, and the player registered with a different birth-date 8th August 1994 with Anderlecht.

That same date of birth was registered with FIFA for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign but then he registered with a third birth-date (30th November 1991) for the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

So it will be exciting to see what date of birth he gives Newcastle – maybe he even comes up with a new one.

At most he’s 26 due to turn 27 next month, if indeed he was born on 30 November 1991 – otherwise he’s 20 due to turn 21 next month,  or 23 and due to turn 24 in November.

As we said – take your pick.

He looks older than 20, but that’s his age given on most football sites like Wikipedia and the like.

He  joined Anderlecht in 2102 and has played 76 times for them with 9 goals and 2 assists.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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186 comments so far

  • Malta Mag

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Good old Mike Ashley!!!! There, you don’t often see that written on this site???

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    How long does it take to fly from Belgium to Newcastle??? Still seems all to fishy to me.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Malta,

    Fek all confirmed as yet. Dont get excited, this club has let us down to many times in recent years.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Any chance of Dennis Praet and Youri Tielemans as well?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #5

    He will b there for the medical? Mbemba we will wait for next week.

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  • corkypants

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    jamesy thnink its about anh our and 45 not sure though

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  • belgrade fan

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #7

    gorgo

    totalno pun sebe. pravi srpski onaj. tacno razumes sta ti govorim

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Been away ( on business ) so playing catch up , but on Sky a few hours ago:
    Aleksandar Mitrovic is close to joining Newcastle United, with the Anderlecht striker set for a medical, according to Sky sources.
    It is understood the Magpies will pay a fee in the region of £13m for the Serbia international.
    The player’s representatives were on Tyneside last week finalising personal terms after an agreement was reached with his Belgian club.
    Mitrovic is a 20-year-old forward who scored 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Anderlecht last season.
    He impressed in the Champions League group stages, scoring in the matches against Borussia Dortmund and a 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates in November.
    Mitrovic has scored 30 goals in 78 in all competitions for Anderlecht since joining them from Partizan Belgrade in a club record 5m euros deal in August 2013.

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  • Big Steve

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Ashley in.

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  • magpiesi

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Where were his team traing? They played a Turkish team the other day I think.

    The two players would need some type of visa to get into England as well as one Serbia isn’t in the eu and the other is from Africa.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Geordie 69,
    I said exactly the same this morning! Those two and Mitrovic would be young enough to not take up space in the 25, even if we did the same as with the Forest lads and let them keep one or both for a season.

    Tielemans looks top draw and Praet is a superb creative force.

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  • corkypants

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Geordie69 Tielemans and praet would be brilliant aswell lol how did anderlec not win the league lol

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  • Belfast

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s probably 33

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  • Big Steve

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Mbemba and another CB and we’re on our way boys.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Nitro was allegedly on Zahavi’s private jet. Are there any small airports it could have gone to other then Newcastle International?

    As long as Zahavi doesn’t let him anywhere near a PlayStation we should be okay.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    So if we get Mitrovic , Mbemba with De Jong finally we will have some aerial presence and aggression at set pieces !

    Take it Gini can take set pieces yeah?

    Only place in this team for Sissoko is right wing he does not perform in any other position ! Its where he plays best for France as well !!

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Why would they be sneaking him in?? They brought Gini through the international. Plus its good PR.

    Who do we currently have that can hit a decent free kick/set piece????

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Looks like the Mitrovic saga might be coming to an end thankfully . Mbemba would be a really great coup if we can pull it of as well .

    ——————————-Krul—————————-

    –Janmaat——–Mbemba——–Collo——–Haidara–

    —————————–Colback————————–
    ——Sissoko———————————–Cabella——

    —————-Wijnaldum———–De Jong—————

    ——————————Mitrovic————————-

    And that would leave us the likes of:

    Cisse,Perez, Aarons,Dummet,Tiote,Anita,Abeid, Marveaux, Gouffran & Rivierre .

    Provided everyone stays that is .

    That is a very tasty team and with our new set up focusing more on keeping the ball we could do some serious damage in the PL and should be top 10 guaranteed .

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  • hibbit

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19

    lilo durham tees valley about 40 mins to benton

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    @ Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    I agree on Sissoko being played on the right .

    He was the top creator of chances in the PL at one point when played there, but Pardew kept trying to use him as a number 10 FFS .

    He is a pure athlete and has some nice touches, but someone like De Jong has a better footballing brain and much more composure in front of goal .

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21

    No harm in making them feel at home.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Jamsey,
    Nothing to do with sneaking him in, but as it is Zahavi’s private jet then flight plans will have to have been registered in advance and Newcastle International airport would be less accommodating for last minute flight plans that aren’t emergencies.

    Hibbit,
    Cheers. Much quieter traffic there so a more likely arrival destination.

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  • check the toastie

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Complications with his medical….. Reported shortly….

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Lilonwge@15
    Private jets can fly via Newcastle and are kept away from the main buildings – they have their own mini Arrival lounge so could easily come in via the back door, and be whisked away in a car and no one would be any the wiser. Certainly that would avoid the main terminal.
    You could also fly a private jet into Carlisle Airport just 50 minutes down the road.
    May already be in toon – hope so !

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Lg

    Teesside airport, or he could land during the Sunderland airshow..

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Big, I like your team but, still missing much need hight in the defence and I would replace Cabella with Aarons.

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #27

    just landed london city airport on route to stamford shit hole

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 18, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Very good point. Surely if he was in the area someone would have reported it by now tho, dont ya think??? Im like a child again getting excited with this. lol

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Where is he having his medical?

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #30

    What’s the latest on Mitrovic’s visa? Does he need one?

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Did the poll come back on the captain?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Ron

    Don’t they go to the Nutfield hospital in jesmond now?

    Seen a few players there over the years.

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  • Bambams

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Chaps am I being unfair against Colo ?
    I am not a hater or anything even close, I just don’t think he has it to play at the top anymore.
    I would much rather we bought two CB’S and keep Colo as cover or cup games.
    Goes without saying Willo would not be in my plans.
    I see so many have Colo in their teams, I also appreciate he is on 70k (or something near) a week so the club would probs not be willing to have him making that and sat on the bench.
    Just feel we need to build a new team starting with defence

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Bigpappa@18 – you missed the two new ex Forest lads off your list but with them the squad is starting to look like a first team pool of about 15 with the others covering for early cup games against lower teams and injuries.
    Almost looks like strength in depth.
    And allows McLaren the ability to squad rotate to ensure players are not over played and spending too much time on the treatment table.
    Looks like we have a plan.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Has Mick Quinn said out about Delph changing his mind?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #36

    op
    Has he actually been sighted on Tyneside?

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #37

    If mitrovic is really about to sign, I think we should go for berahino type of striker..sbd who can play as a st and forward /winger.. Not austin.. But if we really plan to go for austin, Id wait till january.. As I understand he has only 1 year left in his contract.. So we can pay 15 Mio now or half of that in january.. 15 Mio for a back up striker, while we need defenders? A no go for me.. Just keep cisse till january.. But yes..berahino would be my prefered choice.. Attack of perez, mitrovic and berahino..+aarons and cisse as backups.. Not bad..not bad at all:-)

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Lochinvar

    Thanks for bringing us up to date mate !

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  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #39

    The club doctor did Wijnaldums medical at Benton

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 18, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Bambams

    I don’t think you’re being unfair, after his displays over last 2/3 years he shouldn’t be anywhere near 1st team and certainly not the captain.

    I’d be happy to see him go, miserable if he stays in the team.

    Buying decent midfielders and strikers but leaving the defence is like decorating your houses but leaving the roof which is leaking and about to fall off.

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