Anderlecht are hoping they can do a double deal and take goalkeeper Matz Sels and defender Chancel Mbemba for a decent combined fee.
That combined fee is being reported as €10M by Belgium media outlet Het Nieuwsblad.
That’s about £8.8M for the two, and we paid that much when we signed Mbemba alone from Anderlecht three years ago.
Newcastle have not agreed to any transfer fee with Anderlecht for the two players.
But Rafa has to clear the decks this summer and transfer some high earners, so maybe they will not haggle too much about the fee in this case?
Chancel Mbemba – three top Belgian clubs interested
Het Nieuwsblad is reporting that Chancel Mbemba has been offered a four-year contract with Anderlecht to return to the Jupiler League.
His wages would be the highest of any defender in Belgium.
But Club Brugge and Standard Liege are still interested in the Newcastle defender.
Mbemba is a good player and has enjoyed his time at the club, but the reality is that he has no future with Rafa Benitez.
Both Sels and Mbemba will be able to rekindle their careers with a move away from Newcastle.
Any transfer fees Rafa gets from selling players this summer can be used as part of his transfer funds to bring in new players – so there’s some good news.
The best estimate is that the amount Mike Ashley will give Rafa is around £50M, which has been reported several times in the local press.
Maybe with Standard Liege and Club Brugge also interested in Mbemba, the price will go up.