There’s been a delay is securing a visa for Chancel Mbemba, and it’s due to the FA not being able to meet until this coming Thursday to consider giving Newcastle their OK on the visa.
Chancel Mbemba – Visa delay due to FA
Newcastle have just released the following communication about the status of the transfer of Mbemba from Newcastle to Anderlecht:
Chancel Mbemba Deal Moves Closer
Following an agreement between Newcastle United and Anderlecht for the transfer of Chancel Mbemba, the player has been in Newcastle and has agreed personal terms with the Club and undergone his medical.
The documentation in relation to the Club’s application for a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE), required in order for Mbemba to obtain a visa, was submitted to the FA on Wednesday morning (22nd July).
Unfortunately, the FA are unable to consider the Club’s application until Thursday of next week (30th July).
The FA advised the Club they were not able to convene a Panel any sooner.
The Club will provide an update for supporters at the earliest opportunity following the conclusion of the Panel hearing.
The tone of that communication suggests the club are not at all happy with the FA seeming to drag their feet on this.
It looks like everything is agreed for the deal – the transfer fee to Anderlecht, the compensation package for Mbemba, and it seems he must have passed his medical.