Defender Chancel Mbemba finally completed his permanent move to Porto for a fee believed to be around £5M.
Cancel spent three years at Newcastle after signing on for us from Anderlecht for about £8M, and he had an outstanding first season at the club.
Unfortunately, we were relegated in May of 2016, and the DR Congo International did not get much playing time under Rafa Benitez over the last two seasons.
Chancel Mbemba – in Porto’s colors
This is what Chancel has said about the move:
“I’m going to do my best in this shirt. It is a great happiness for me.”
“Everyone knows FC Porto, a great club. “
“I remember being in Africa and seeing FC Porto win the Champions League and I remember the great players that have come here.”
“I’m very happy to sign for FC Porto.”
We now expect a replacement center-back to be signed this week.
Newcastle are making a profit of about £11M in the summer transfer window so far.
|Ki Sung-yueng||Free agent||Swansea|
|Martin Dubravka||£4.0M||Sparta Prague|
|Salomon Rondon||Season loan||West Brom|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£22.5|
|Mikel Merino||£10.0M||Real Sociedad|
|Jack Colback||Season loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Dwight Gayle||Season loan||West Brom|
|Henri Saivet||Season loan||Bursaspor - pending|
|Transfer Fees into club||£43.0M|
|Net Spend||-£20.5M (profit)|
We play Porto this weekend in a friendly so Chancel may get a runout for his new club.
Mbemba played 59 games for Newcastle with one goal, and his attitude and temperament were always first class.
We wish him all the very best at Porto.
Here’s Mbemba’s message to Newcastle fans.
Thanks to all the fans of NUFC for the love you showed me!! I ll never forget that ! ??
— chancel mbemba (@mbemba22) July 23, 2018