According to reports in Belgium, Anderlecht have struck a ‘verbal agreement’ to sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels on a five year contract, with the transfer set to take place once the two clubs agree a fee for the 26-year-old stopper.
The Belgian has recently been called up to Roberto Martinez’s World Cup squad and seems to have done enough on loan with Anderlecht to convince them they should sign him permanently this summer.
That being said, his days at Newcastle look numbered and it seems Benitez has already decided to cash in on him this summer – just two years on from bringing him to England ahead of our championship campaign.
If a deal can be struck, this would come as welcome news for Rafa Benitez, with it being confirmed yesterday that flogging fringe players and reducing the wage bill could be key in our bid to sign quality players demanding big wages this summer.
Sels almost sold. Anderlecht are in advanced negotiations with Newcastle over Matz Sels. The goalkeeper already has a verbal agreement with #RSCA for 5 years. He joined the Belgian club on loan last summer. (Via @PJCalcoen) #nufc pic.twitter.com/alEBZ4NvCD
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) May 23, 2018
Belgium outlet Het Laatste Nieuws state Anderlecht have a ‘verbal agreement’ with with Sels over a five year contract, with clubs now in ‘advanced negotiations’ to seal the deal.
The Chronicle reported recently that Newcastle planned to recoup the full £6m paid for him two summers ago, however it was being reported more recently in his homeland that the fee could be as little as £3.5m.
A sale at the latter price would represent a small loss, however it seems like moving him on would suit all parties – especially when reducing the wage bill and raising transfer funds appear to be the initial order of the day before Benitez starts spending this summer.