Hopes Log-Jam Will Clear This Week – Transfers In And Out Expected

HLN in Belgium are reporting that a deal to take Chancel Mbemba to Porto has finally been agreed between Porto and Newcastle over the weekend.

Well – that didn’t take too long, did it?

We’re not sure what held this deal up for so long – but it seems Anderlecht were still in with a shout until this weekend.

We’re not sure if the delay was just Newcastle’s run-of-the-mill intransigence, or maybe it was Rafa wanting a center-back replacement brought in before he would agree to let Mbemba leave.

Rafa doesn’t seem to trust Mike Ashley much at all – and that is based on prior experience – so he always wants players replaced before Newcastle sell somebody.

Rafa Benitez – how does he put up with this nonsense?

With this deal for Mbemba expected to go through this week maybe that’s why we are being linked with center-backs in the last few days.

Some we have been linked with include 26-year-old Swiss International Fabian Schar who played for Switzerland in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

He has a relegation release clause in his contract at Deportivo for just 4M, and hopefully, Newcastle will activate that this week.

And there was news in the Sun yesterday that  Rafa is also interested in signing 28-year-old Argentine International and Swansea center-back Federico Fernandez on loan for the season.

Either one of those talented center-backs would be a good acquisition for Newcastle to replace Chancel Mbemba.

Here’s a piece taken from the HLN report specifically about Mbemba moving to Newcastle under their mini-headline “Porto sniffed Mbemba away from Anderlecht”:

“Over the weekend, Porto and Newcastle agreed on the transfer of Chancel Mbemba. The Portuguese club sniffs the Congolese defender away from Anderlecht.”

“The Purple and White made an attempt to win Mbemba in the past few days and made a bid of €6M plus a considerable percentage on the resale but in vain.”

“Mbemba signs for 4 years at Porto.”

And in the Chronicle today they are reporting that Rafa is keen to get at least one more summer signing in this week for what he calls some “key positions.”

If the Mbemba deal does go through look for a new center-back to come in around the same time.

And maybe after weeks and weeks of negotiations, we will finally get striker Salomon Rondon from West Brom.

But it seems some of the delay for the Venezuelan could have been caused by Rondon becoming a free agent next summer.

He would then come without a transfer fee, and we assume that has bugged the Newcastle hierarchy a lot.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #2

    There’s a Korean looking chap training

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Definitely don’t want to hear about Ashley’s log jam!!!!

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib…terrific picture of Matz Sels dramatically flying thru’ the air. He’s either just brilliantly palmed the ball round the post or missed it by a country mile!

  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Somebody should tell young Freddy about his gay stance in
    the goalmouth as well

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    posada/shire thats the only thing ill miss is the atmosphere and drink before the match but i will see every match as long as not work

  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    It also seems that they may have talked round
    young Isaac Hayden.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #8

    @Jib – Mitro leaving on the drip be interesting, if its 5m a year over 4 years that completely negates Rafa using the money to replace! First time in his awful reign that it actually feels like Ashley is maliciously sabotaging the club.. hes made mistakes in the past but they’ve always felt like stupidity and misjudgement, this summer feels different.
    Imagine we lose Mitro and Mbemba and the club decide Armstrong and Yarney are the replacements…

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib..I think somebody’s hurt his feelings.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Why can’t we get Fernandez AND Schar in for £4m in total and offset that by selling Clark for around £5-6M?
    Sell Mitro for £20m and buy Welbeck for £15m. There’s £6-7m profit in our hand from those deals.
    Add the £6m balance from the Merino sale (after Dubravka’s purchase) and the £6m from the Mbemba sale to spend on another needed player and we haven’t even spent anything yet.
    Gayle in exchange for the more accomplished Rondon would give us a front two of Welbeck and Rondon. Isn’t that preferable to Gayle and Joselu? I know which pairing I’d rather have.
    Yes, we may be under Ashley’s ‘no spending’ rules but can nobody at this club wheel and deal??

  • Bedford Geordie

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Saivet’s back too by the looks of things. Where was he at the start of pre-season? No World Cup for him so why do we always have players turn up late for pre season? Trying to force a move away so decide to extend their holiday hoping they’re sold by the time they’re back?

  • LetuscloneShearer

    Jul 24, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #12

    I am Norwegian fan and I am just staying put to Ashley leaves so I can buy a jersey and some home tickets aswell.


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