Newcastle look set to announce their third signing of the window with the imminent arrival of Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht. The latest news is that he has been to Paris to sort out a work visa and is due into Newcastle for his medical.
The fee is thought to be around the £8m mark depending on which news source you care to believe. This brings our spending to around £35m so far which isn’t to be sniffed at, all the same we still need another centre back and another forward if Cisse leaves us.
Mbemba is a very quick player and very highly rated by the Belgians, indeed he is seen as the best defender in their league at the moment. It would seem we have a very promising defender arriving which is wonderful news given how long we have waited.
Apparently we have scouted Mbemba for well over a year and tried to get him back in january according to the player. Wiki has Chancel listed as 20 years old but various reports are said to give him three different ages! The oldest he can be is 26 I believe but if Wiki is accurate he will turn 21 on august the 8th this year.He can play centre back or right back so will be useful cover for Janmaat.
Chancel is 5′ 11″ tall or 1.82m if you prefer and plays for DR Congo. He first came to Europe in 2011 and was so poor he didn’t even know if he would be able to eat at night, so his, is a real rags to riches story, the boys done good. Let’s hope his humble beginnings help keep him grounded and increase his hunger to keep improving his game. He will be helped to settle in by having his Anderlecht team mate Alexander Mitrovic already signed to us this week, Mitrovic has also tweeted that Chancel is on his way to Newcastle.
I’m looking forward to seeing Mbemba in black and white and really hope he’s as good as they say. Welcome to the Toon Chancel, it’s good to have you aboard.