According to Belgian reports today, Anderlecht are set to secure the double-signing of Matz Sels and Chancel Mbemba – with both believed to have already agreed contracts in principle after the club’s £9m offer to Newcastle United.
The pair appear to have no future under Rafa Benitez and it’s accepted by most that it will be a good job done to cash in on both, however a fee of just under £9m seems a little low to me.
Here’s a snippet from Het Nieuwsblad’s piece today, claiming that Sels and Mbemba are now closing in on moves back to Belgium after already agreeing 5 and 4-year contracts in principle:
‘It’s good for Anderlecht that Matz Sels is not in the Belgium squad. This way Newcastle can not push up the price for the keeper. He’s agreed 5 year contract.
“They also hope to secure a package deal involving Chancel Mbemba for less than €10m. The defender has already agreed to a four-year contract.”
So, it seems that the only sticking point left is the actual fee.
Shipping out players of no use to Benitez, reducing the wage bill and raising some cash for summer signings will be high on the agenda, but I think we’re being a bit generous here if this one goes through for a combined £9.
Mbemba has barely kicked a ball in 2018 and has been a complete outcast at NUFC over the past few months, but he’s still young and regarded as a talented player – even if he’s not fancied by Benitez.
As far as Sels is concerned, we paid an alleged £6m for him just two years ago and, although he failed to impress in England, I don’t see how his value could have dropped so dramatically.
He’s still a good age, he must have impressed at Anderlecht if they want to keep him (a club who’ve qualified for the Champions League) and he’s still in and around the Belgium squad – being on standby for next week’s World Cup.
Would you be happy to see both go for £9m?