Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba wants to move to Porto and play Champions League football again and it would appear to be a good career move for him.
Chancel has already agreed terms with the Portuguese Champions and already signed a four-year precontract deal and is all set to join Porto.
Newspaper O Jogo is reporting today that they think the deal will be made official soon.
Mbemba has already turned down former Belgian club Anderlecht and Turkish club Trabzonspor because he is determined to join Porto.
As seems usual with Newcastle there is a disagreement with Porto on the transfer fee for the talented defender.
23-year-old Chancel Mbemba – wants to move to Porto
But Porto want Mbemba – he is said to be a priority signing for head coach Sergio Conceicao this summer – and he is definitely surplus to requirements at Newcastle.
Rafa has hardly played him since he arrived on Tyneside so he will not be missed.
Newcastle and Porto have been talking over the last few days and Porto want to pay €7M and Newcastle want €9M.
So maybe a deal can be made for €8M and Newcastle can then move to bring new targets into the club and sell other players we don’t need.
€8M is around £7M – we paid Anderlecht about £8M for him three years ago and it seems Newcastle want their money back on him.
There are 38 days left in this transfer window and Newcastle have lots of players to sell and new players to bring in.
So there’s not a lot of time left and we know Rafa is keen to get his new players in soon – which may mean we have to sell players like Mbemba first.