The Northern Echo are reporting today that Chancel Mbemba has agreed a four year deal with Porto and is close to joining the club.
Mbemba has not had much of a look-in at Newcastle since Rafa Benitez arrived at Newcastle and it’s best for his career that he leaves for pastures new.
The Mirror yesterday reported that Newcastle want £8M for Mbemba which is close to what we paid Anderlecht for him three years ago.
Chancel Mbemba – fee between £5M and £8M?
But the Northern Echo today are quoting sources in Portugal reporting the fee is closer to £5M for the defender.
Rafa sees no future for the DR Congo International on Tyneside and will want an early transfer, so he has some money available to bring players into the club this summer.
The player’s agent, Fabio Baglio had this to say before he had to catch a plane:
“We are effectively in negotiations, but he’s not a Porto player yet.”
“I cannot comment any more for now. The plane will take off, I will have to hang up.”
Matz Sels is also close to leaving with a move to Anderlecht close.
But there’s a problem with the fee.
The Belgium club only want to pay £1.75M for the goalkeeper which is around £500K short of Newcastle’s valuation.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez have lots of work to do this summer in moving lots of players out and bringing some good players in before August 9th when the transfer window closes.