The Mail is reporting that Newcastle are very close to the signing of Anderlecht center-back Chancel Mbemba for about £7M, and the player was not in the squad that faced Lazio in Brussels for today’s game.
Sportsmail is reporting that Mbemba himself asked not to be included in the squad, with his transfer to Newcastle said to be very close – and the signs are that he will follow his pal and team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic to Newcastle in the next few days.
Chancel Mbemba – didn’t want to play today
In fact Aleksandar Mitrovic has been seen within the hour arriving at Newcastle Airport.
The reported fee for Chancel is said to be around €10M – which is around £7M.
And in addition to the Mail report, Atletico Madrid were one of the other clubs interested in signing Mbemba, who has 16 caps for DR Congo, and new today they have signed another center-back.
There is a report in Italy today that the top Spanish side are about to sign Stefan Savic.
The 24 year-old former Manchester City defender and 32 times capped Montenegro International was left out of the Fiorentina’s pre-season tour at the last minute.
He was withdrawn from the tour 45 minutes before the squad was due to leave, and told a deal had been agreed to sell him to Atletico.
The report was put out by Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport and the fee quoted is £10.5M.
While we know nothing is certain (because of the Loic Remy affair) until the player passes his medical and signs along the bottom line – it does seem that Newcastle have won the race to sign Mbemba.
Having the two Anderlecht players on board at Newcastle will be good – because it will help both of them to settle in quickly on Tyneside.
Oh yes – I almost forgot – they are also two excellent players who will strengthen what were weak links in the team last season.
If we sign Mitrovic for around £12.5M and Mbemba for £7M, and since we have signed Gini Wijnaldum for £14.5M, Newcastle will have brought in three players that cost us £34M so far this summer.
That would be a good start, but we still need at least two more top players brought in – one more center-back and one more striker.
How about Charlie Austin of QPR and Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour?