The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle hope to sell Chancel Mbemba to Porto for £5.5M this week and Rafa wants a new center-back brought in to replace him.
The deal to take Mbemba to Porto has dragged on far too long but hopefully, that can be completed this week.
But we will have lost around £3M on Mbemba after we paid £8M for him from Anderlecht three years ago.
The Mail are reporting two possible replacements for Mbemba – one is Swansea City’s center-back Federico Fernandez who played for Napoli when Rafa was managing the Italian club.
Fabian Schar – Swiss International center-back
We covered that potential loan deal for the 32 times capped Argentine International yesterday,
The other player mentioned by the Mail is Fabian Schar of Deportivo La Coruna, and the 26-year-old has 42 caps for Switzerland and is now available after Deportivo were relegated last season.
Schar only moved to Derportivo last summer from Hoffenheim on a four-year deal, and he is a talented and experienced defender.
He played for Switzerland in the 2012 Olympics and made his debut for Switzerland the following year in 2013.
Schar represented Switzerland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 and played in the Swiss side in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
He would look to be a good acquisition by Newcastle but no word on what the transfer fee is – it would need to be low for Newcastle are to do a deal.
But maybe a loan deal with an option to buy next summer would be the best move for the Magpies?
We hope to see some deals completed in the transfer market by Newcastle this week.