Following up on our report yesterday that Chancel Mbemba looks set to join Newcastle for €10M (£7M) there is more news in the Dutch press today, about how Newcastle had to be convinced of Mbemba’s age, since he has given at least three different ages in the past.
Chancel Mbemba – Newcastle were skeptical of his age
It seems that Newcastle were skeptical at first, but that Anderlecht investigated the matter further, and it seems they have convinced Newcastle that indeed he is 20 years old, and was born in Kinshasa on 8th August 1994 – so he turns 21 next month.
The report is in Holland’s Sportswereld outlet, and this is the translation of their report.
There’s a bit at the beginning we left our reporting his team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic had arrived in Newcastle for his medical – and then it goes on:
Chancel Mbemba was still in the Astrid Park for the game with Lazio, but also for him there is a deal with Newcastle. (Ed note – he pulled out of that game at his own request)
The English club were already interested since last January and Anderlecht pointed them to his interesting profile.
Initially Newcastle were skeptical by the mystery about his age. Anderlecht concluded that the Congolese is 20 years old, born on 8 August 1994.
There have been three previous birth dates: 1988 (now 26 years), 1990 (now 24) and 1991 (now 23).
Newcastle still want him still and can later sell him for a profit, and once they were sure that he could get an English work permit, Anderlecht will get €10M for the transfer.
Is it just me – or does he look older than 20 – maybe he worries a lot?
And even in Belgium they are talking about Newcastle selling players for a profit later – that’s not good and we hope we can keep the good players we are getting in this summer.
It makes a big difference in the transfer fee if Newcastle sell him in say four years – and he’s either 24 then or 30.
Sportswereld are reporting it’s a done deal for €10M and that Newcastle think he’s 20 years old.
And in reports from Belgium late last week, Aleksandar’s manager Besnik Hasi had this to say about him:
“He has great class, he may not be tall (Ed note – he’s 6ft tall) if you compare him to some defenders, but he is so fast and can jump so high, plus he’s a really good footballer too.”
He would be a another great signing for Newcastle United.