Yesterday we brought you news of reports that Newcastle United were interested in a move for Chancel Mbemba in the summer.
The Congolese international plays for Anderlecht and it was claimed that Graham Carr, Newcastle’s Chief Scout, had been over to Belgium to run the rule over the player personally, as well as going to Equatorial Guinea to watch him at the African Cup on Nations.
The centre-back played in all six DR Congo matches in January/February, including the third place play-off where he scored one of the penalties in the shoot-out after extra-time, which DR Congo won 4-2.
Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws have now stated that they have spoken to Mbemba’s agents, who told them that the reports of Newcastle interest in signing him are true.
However, the Belgian publication says that Atletico Madrid and Porto have also been watching Mbemba and could make their own moves in the summer.
There is another strand to the story though, for this defender who is under contract until June 2017.
While Anderlecht state that he is a youthful twenty year old, Chancel Mbemba has been the subject of an investigation by FIFA.
In a probe into certain players’ ages, FIFA looked into the case of the defender from Congo.
Back in 2013 CNN revealed:
‘Mbemba was registered by his two first Congolese clubs as being born in 1988, according to documents obtained by CNN. Yet for a Cup of Nations qualifier in June 2011, his year of birth was listed as November 30, 1991.
Meanwhile, the birth date recorded by his Belgian club Anderlecht is August 8, 1994.
Just to complicate matters, Mbemba himself, thinks he was born in 1990.’