The Sun is reporting that Newcastle have turned down a bid from Anderlecht for Matz Sels.
The Belgian club wanted both Chancel Mbemba and Matz Sels for a bargain £8M, but Newcastle also turned that down with Mbemba now talking with Porto about a possible move to the Portuguese Champions.
We would expect Newcastle will want at least £8M for Mbemba.
The £1.75M offer was probably the first offer made for Sels alone, and it’s said to be £500K short of Newcastle’s valuation of £2.25M.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper had a good loan spell for Anderlecht last season, and both the club and the player are anxious to complete the deal.
But Newcastle will not be giving their players away in a transfer market that has increased in value over the last two years.
Anderlecht are refusing to increase their offer beyond £1.75M so things are at an impasse at the moment and there’s a real possibility that Anderlecht could simply walk away from the deal.
There is no future at Newcastle for Matz Sels and Newcastle must sell some of their top wage earners to get costs under control before new players come into the club this summer.
Rafa will be keen to see players sold for reasonable amounts and that some of his top targets will arrive at the club before too long.