Anderlecht General Manager Herman Van Holsbeeck expects the transfer of Chancel Mbemba to go through any time soon.
Wednesday saw Anderlecht unveil Aleksandar Mitrovic’ replacement, Imoh Ezekiel, who they have brought in from Al Arabi.
Having had to wait for Mitrovic to leave so he could fund the Ezekiel deal, Holsbeeck was relieved to tie up the replacement striker after keeping him hanging on
Herman Van Holsbeeck told Sporza.be:
“It is a dossier (Imoh Ezekiel) that we have been working on for a while. Finally we can put the signatures on the proper paperwork. We are relieved that it is all right.”
“It was a complex case, partly because he had other opportunities but Ezekiel wanted to come and play for Anderlecht.”
Holsbeeck on Chancel Mbemba:
“I expect very soon the transfer of Mbemba will get completed to Newcastle, then we can get two more players. You have to have some money if you want to get a top performer.”
Holsbeeck also made clear he knows where Anderlecht stand in the food chain, especially when they have no Champions League football to help them retain their best players, both financially and in terms of the level of competition on offer.
The Anderlecht General Manager saying they go for players ‘who can add value’ and that the reality is that despite their new season starting in only four days time, they have had to wait for the Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba transfers to go through, before they can then spend some of that money on their own targets:
“We go for players who can add value to this young Anderlecht.
“Of course it is ideal to start the competition with your whole heart but I knew with the transfers (Mitrovic and Mbemba leaving) which were on the agenda that this was impossible but we’ll be ready at the appropriate time.”