Journalist reveals the centre-back NUFC could ‘act quickly’ to sign – Confirms low Mbemba fee

According to Lee Ryder, Newcastle look set to receive just £5m for the sale of Chancel Mbemba – however Newcastle are now set to ‘act quickly’ in an attempt to sign his replacement – with Rafa now hoping tie up bargain £3m deal for Deportivo’s Fabian Schar.

Mbemba’s move to Porto had been in the pipeline for several weeks, although the two clubs were left haggling over a fee. Our asking price was said to be £8m, but it seems as though we eventually buckled, selling for a fee that seems an absolute snip for a talented 23-year old in this day and age.

Now he’s gone a replacement must be signed and it looks like Swiss centre-back Fabian Schar is at the top of Rafa’s priority list, with The Chronicle confirming here that we are now expected to activate his £3m release clause:

“The final fee for Mbemba is believed to be around the £5million mark and his exit should signal the arrival of a defensive replacement.

“Newcastle are hoping to tie up a deal for Deportivo La Coruna centre-back Fabian Schar. The club are looking to activate his £3million release clause.”

Swansea’s Federico Fernandez has been mentioned as a back up option to Schar, whilst a free agent deal for Mexico’s Diego Reyes was touted once again last night, however it looks like a £3m move for the Deportivo defender is Rafa’s priority.

With time running out and a striker yet to be signed, let’s hope we can get Mbemba’s replacement in as soon as possible – especially when other clubs may be queuing up once they hear news of Schar’s cut-price clause (a fee which seems very small for a 26-year old full international).

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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