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Report – Defender Offered Deal To Leave Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Wolves on the verge of signing a 40 million pound player and Forest trying to wrap up a deal to bring in a 13 million player.
    And behind the scenes all is well at Nufc

  • magic hat

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Missed the bus the home grown player rule states that 8 of 25 squad must be trained in England for some years before turning 21. This inflates the value of english players. The rules on work permits state non eu players have to be full internationals. So eu players are often worth more. Some players have eu citizenship and play for non eu countries. So are just as valuable. However those that play for African nations are less valuable as they play the African cup mid season so aren’t always available. If the African cup happened in summer during the break maybe on the off year things would be much better for African players. I think age is a big factor in the sissoko vs diame valuation. To begin with I thought diame was a poor mans sissoko and was obviously bought to replace him. Now it looks like diame is a far better player with a much better temperament!

  • magic hat

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope forest give us 13 million for the finer whinger

  • lochinvar

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Dubrovka quote from the previous article:

    “I got a lot of information that was supposed to be on the contract, but it wasn’t, so until the last moment I was waiting for confirmation – and then suddenly it happened.”

    So what happened ?
    Charnley chose to omit points off the contract in the hope that he could pull a fast one and please Ashley ?

    Did Rafa step in to fix the problem ?

    No wonder deals are delayed.
    Not a good sign.
    Need to be 100% professionally competent.
    Or was it just a silly misunderstanding ?

  • magic hat

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Ginger whinger

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Rob…it would be great for English football and young talent if they went abroad like the talent around the world!

    …but the negative and inflated prices makes that a no go sadly!

  • Jib

    Jun 5, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    The only reason Wolves are interested in a £40M player
    is because PSG under FFP rules will have to sell him at
    a knock down price.
    Good business

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 5, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    I understand that if players are not performing regularly that their value will fall but this potential deal seems very poor. After all when Mbemba has been called upon, he has played more than adequately.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 5, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib, if a club (PSG for eg) buys a player for a large fee then sells at a knock-down price, thereby taking a loss on that asset, would that not reflect badly on them in terms of FFP?

    Not challenging you – I don’t know the specifics of the player you’re discussing – I’m just curious.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 5, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Jesper, I think it would be great for the players also. Gazza, David Platt, Steve McManaman, Paul Ince, Trevor Francis all did well in Europe for example and improved as players themselves. However, all were already full internationals and therefore ‘marquee’ signings. Bale is the most recent (British) example, obviously.

    What is a shame is the lack of young British players in the European leagues. I think there was a Chelsea player went to a German team on loan last season, hope that’s the start of a trend.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 5, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    I would like to contribute to “breaking the Pep myth”, I believe he is also scared of spiders.

  • ashleysmate

    Jun 5, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Just don’t understand why Rafa wants to move Mbemba on…we’ve had worse

  • magic hat

    Jun 5, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Mbemba is a talented young player, must just be tactical or mentality issues. Same with mitro.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Mbemba will not be leaving unless someone matches is money at NUFC which is unlikely.

  • AdoptedGeordie

    Jun 5, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    10 million euro for both, Sels is worth 6 million as is mbemba piss off 10 million


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