Anderlecht are desperately looking to add an extra defender in January and have turned to Chancel Mbemba according to the media in Belgium.
There is still two weeks remaining of the winter break in the Belgian League and last season’s champions hope to have a new defender in place for when competitive football kicks off again.
Voetbalkrant report that their sources inform them that Anderlecht want a loan deal on Chancel Mbemba, as they accept they couldn’t afford to buy their former centre-back.
The Belgian media organisation though say that Newcastle are only interested in recouping what they paid for Mbemba back in summer 2015, a fee which they say is around the £9m mark.
They claim Celtic are also interested in signing the Newcastle defender but it is also very difficult to see how they could afford to pay £9m and match, or better, the player’s current Premier League level wages.
Voetbalkrant say that Rafa Benitez doesn’t want to keep Chancel Mbemba and the player needs to leave Newcastle this month – but once again we have another example of the failure of one of Mike Ashley/Graham Carr’s signings.
Bought in at a young age from a weaker overseas league in the hope his value will increase, only for it to go the other way – leaving Newcastle with a player on wages too high to get a move elsewhere and Ashley wanting to recoup the amount he overspent on yet another gamble.
Chancel Mbemba is fairly popular amongst Newcastle fans but last season he only got 12 starts in the Championship and this season Rafa Benitez has played him seven times – though most of them have been out of position at left-back.
Just like Aleksandar Mitrovic who Newcastle are allegedly asking £12m-£14m for, in Mbemba we have a player who Rafa Benitez would happily sell in order to reinvest in players who he does want to bring in, but for who nobody is going to pay the money that Ashley/Newcastle will want.
Nine days in and no sign of any signings in the January transfer window so far for Newcastle.
Indeed, a report earlier today claimed that Rafa Benitez had been told that unless he manages to sell some players first, he won’t be allowed to buy any players in this window.
Allowing Chancel Mbemba to go out on loan would make no sense for Rafa Benitez, if he wasn’t allowed to buy a replacement. The situation further complicated by the fact that Florian Lejeune is currently out injured.
The clock is ticking.