Newcastle United have a lengthy list of players which they are desperate to move on.

Matz Sels, Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet, plus a number of others.

A key part of Rafa Benitez being able to successfully wheel and deal this season, rests on how many players he can manage to get transfer fees for and clear their salaries off the wage bill.

Previous reports have claimed that whilst the manager has been prepared to take a more realistic valuation on players for sale, Mike Ashley has instructed Lee Charnley and others to only allow them if a higher amount can be recouped. The net result being that the club are still stuck with so many players who play no part in the manager’s plans going forward.

Wednesday has brought news of two Newcastle United players that have reportedly failed to win moves due to bids being too low so far.

HLN in Belgium saying that their information is that Anderlecht offered £3.5m for Chancel Mbemba and that was turned down by Newcastle, with the Belgian club being unable/unwilling to go higher. Talks are now said to be taking place between NUFC and Porto, with the hope that as well as satisfying the player’s demands, the Portuguese club will also be willing to go higher than the £3.5m which Anderlecht were willing to pay.

No surprise that Mike Ashley wouldn’t be happy about Mbemba returning to the same club for less than half of what Newcastle paid three years ago, buy this is the danger when hoping to get relative ‘bargains’ from less competitive lower wage leagues. If players are wanting their Newcastle wages matched then it makes it very difficult for clubs such as those in Belgium to afford the whole transfer fee and wages package.

Here’s hoping Porto will satisfy Ashley with their reported interest and what they are willing to pay.

Elsewhere, The Sun are claiming an exclusive with the Matz Sels transfer to Anderlecht allegedly also brought to a halt.

Personal details on a five year deal were agreed some time ago between the Belgian club and Sels (pictured above after signijng on loan for Anderlecht last summer) but now The Sun claim that Anderlecht have offered £1.75m (he cost Newcastle £5m+ two years ago) with another £500,000 demanded by Newcastle before a deal can go through.

Little wonder that the claimed double deal didn’t go through for both Sels and Mbemba, but surely a compromise will be reached on the goalkeeper if we are talking such a small difference in valuations.

With the Belgian league starting a number of weeks earlier than most European leagues, Anderlecht start their pre-season friendlies in only nine days time, so there is some urgency with this one.

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  • Rich Lawson

    Can’t believe Anderlecht still want to buy him after a poor season with them ? Take what ever is on offer just to get shot of him.

    • TheNutJob

      the Toon were daft enough to say at the time he was the best keeper in Belgium, what they didn`t say was that he was the only keeper in Belgium

      • Rich Lawson

        Cos the 3 retained in the world cup squad ply their trade elsewhere.

        • TheNutJob

          right answer

  • TheNutJob

    how could you replace Chancel for £3.5m it`s a joke & if Fatty`s blocked him leaving he`ll sell Jamaal & tell Rafa to play Mbemba.

    • Rich Lawson

      You have to wonder,don’t you ?

  • Leazes.

    My dear Graham, Benitez has no say in transfers apart from supplying the lists which Charnley cuts the tops off!

    Since Keegan the club has supplied a ‘HEAD COACH’ with bargains to a varying degree of success mostly cheap end of contract players, do you honestly think Rafa would bring in players of the calibre of Joselu and Manquillo if it wasn’t the case? Charnley brought in Iberian players to make it look like Benitez did it!

    Ask yourself would he have built a squad like this at Liverpool? What happened to the Rafalution? I never did read Mark Douglas’s book explaining how Rafa was now in charge of all Transfers!

  • Albert Stubbins

    keegan was buying and selling players for more twenty five years ago ffs!! what a joke we’ve become.

    • Geordiegiants

      Is it really that long ago? It seems like yesterday to me

      • magpie 1969

        I wish it was yesterday .

  • Natturner26

    It would be a disaster if Rafa sells some of our more promising players like Mbemba and Mitrovic and then leaves this summer.

    • Down Under Mag

      I think he will sell Mitro (for a lot if he continues his current form at the world cup) in the hope that he will get money to spend and when he doesn’t it will be down to Ashley that we have done so NOT Rafa. I can see another late sale as well that stops the money being spent, which will suddenly have disappeared come January.

  • HarryHype59

    This club collected £126 million last season in TV money and is owed money on the Sissoko and Wynaldum deals.

    The notion that NUFC have to sell before they can afford to buy is Ashley regime propaganda.