Portuguese publication A Bola are reporting that no agreement has yet been reached on the transfer fee for Chancel Mbemba to complete his potential move to Porto.
The report is that Chancel Mbemba is looking forward to signing for FC Porto with other clubs such as Celtic (Scotland), West Ham (England), Hoffenheim (Germany), Brugge, Standard Liège and Anderlecht (all from Belgium) being interested parties for the talented DR Congo defender who is still only 23.
Everything else about the deal seems to be settled with Porto offering Championship League football and a four-year contract to the defender.
Chancel Mbemba – Porto deal has stalled on the fee
But the report suggests that Proto think Newcastle are asking too much for their experienced and talented defender:
“FC Porto should make progress this week to try to close the deal with Newcastle over the acquisition of centre-back Chancel Mbemba.”
“The transfer was suggested on the basis of €7M, but the English club forced the bar a little and demanded €9M – a sum that Porto considers a bit exaggerated.”
When continental clubs offer their players to Premier League clubs they hike the transfer fee – often to ridiculous amounts – but it seems they are not too keen to pay the going rate for some Premier League players who are leaving England.
But obviously, they want the best deal they can get.
From what we can tell about the Chancel Mbemba move (saga?) to Porto – nothing has changed over the last week – and Newcastle are still negotiating with Porto on the transfer fee.
Something (negotiating) Newcastle spend a lot of time doing.
We don’t want to be too critical but sometimes you have to close deals so we can move forward.