Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji is interesting Newcastle and some other Premier League clubs according to an exclusive in Turkish Football.
The 6ft 3ins tall, powerful player can play at center-back or in central midfield (attacking or holding), so he is a versatile player who has been capped 49 times by Senegal and moved to Anderlecht from Genk in the summer of 2015.
Last summer he signed a one-year extension to his contract to keep him at the Belgian club through 2021, even though there was interest at that time from some English clubs.
The other Premier League sides said to be interested in the player are Leicester City, Swansea, Crystal Palace, and Brighton; there is also interest from Italy and Spain.
Mbodji is priced at what seems a reasonable £10M, and it will be interesting to see where Rafa would want to use him.
It seems likely the manager will want to bring in another center-back with former Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba likely to be sold in January or next summer.
Kara Mbodji – Anderlecht center-back
The exclusive report is that his representative Ediz Balkan has had talks with a number of Premier League clubs.
This is what Balkan has said to Turkish-Football:
“Kara has attracted a lot of interest from Premier League sides, we held talks with representatives from those clubs in London last Sunday.”
“There are six or seven clubs from the Premier League in talks but I can’t reveal the offers right now.”
“There is also interest from Italy and Spain while the big three in Turkey have also held talks.”
“The next round of talks will Belgium we will have a better picture of what the near future holds for Kara.”
Anderlecht are said to want to keep Kara and not sell him in January, but money talks.
And Rafa would prefer to bring players in during January so at the very least they get acclimatized to Newcastle and the Premier League for next season.
They can also help us finish mid-table in the Premier League in May.
Rafa has a positive story to tell to any player who we approach to join Newcastle United in January or next summer.
One point in the story is they can play for one of the best managers in the world and in front of a 52,000 sold-out stadium.