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.