Chancel Mbemba might finally have found a new club.

Rafa Benitez didn’t even include him on the bench in the Premier League in 2018 and the writing was/is on the wall that the central defender had to move.

A return to Anderlecht looked on the cards at one point, only for the Belgian club not to be able to afford him and the player fancying a transfer to Porto instead.

When Newcastle bought Chancel Mbemba (reported fee was anything between £8m and £10m) back in summer 2015, Porto were one of the clubs also linked with the player.

Moving forward to June 2018 and it was HLN in Belgium who first revealed that the Portuguese club would be his next destination with agreement expected in a matter of days (see below).

However, over three weeks later and it is still dragging on, despite the player quickly agreeing terms on a four year contract, only for agreement on a transfer fee to drag on, and on, and on.

Today (Wednesday) though, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo has front page headlines claiming a compromise has been reached.

They report that the two clubs started off 4m euros apart with respective 6m and 10m valuations, before narrowing that to 7m and 9m, then eventually now having settled on 8m euros (£7m) allegedly.

Chancel Mbemba turns 24 next month and the Portuguese newspaper claims that official confirmation is expected in the very near future. Let’s hope so.

Mbemba is just one on a long list of players Rafa Benitez is desperate to move on, to free up space in the squad, free up wages, and add money to his transfer kitty, so far none of them have been shifted, with both Matz Sels and Chancel Mbemba having looking  to be going just after the window opened seven weeks ago.

Newcastle play Porto in a friendly on Saturday 28 July, the day ironically when the squad, including new players, are presented to the fans.

The Mag – 12 June 2018:

News from Belgium that Anderlecht have failed in a move to bring back Chancel Mbemba.

The central defender was a hit with the Belgian club’s fans and would have been a popular move if they had pulled it off.

However, wages were always going to be a massive problem for a player who cost Newcastle up to £10m when signed three years ago.

Anderlecht were trying to do a double deal with Matz Sels after he had a decent season on loan and now hopefully that goalkeeping deal will go through, with Mbemba now said to be going elsewhere.

The usually reliable Belgian newspaper HLN says that a move for the DR Congo international proved ‘impossible’, no doubt due to the player’s wage demands.

However, they reveal that Chancel Mbemba is set to be fixed up elsewhere, with a move to Porto expected to be confirmed shortly.

They say that via a ‘reliable Portuguese source’, the move is expected to be finalised by Thursday at the latest.

Porto reached the final 16 of the Champions League last season and after winning the domestic league this past season, they are once again straight into the group stages, so Mbemba’s wages wouldn’t be a problem for them.

Newcastle fans will be hoping that once players such as Sels and Mbemba get moves elsewhere, with transfer fees generated and perhaps most importantly of all – their salaries cleared off the wage bill, it could help get things moving on bringing Rafa’s targets in.

Chancel Mbemba arrived three years ago along with Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht and despite relegation, he was popular with the fans and generally regarded as having been one of Newcastle’s better players, against not exactly stiff competition, starting 33 of the 38 PL games.

Rafa played him alongside Jamaal Lascelles in that late fight against relegation as Newcastle were unbeaten in their final six games and then that was the preferred partnership as NUFC settled into trying to get out of the Championship.

However, he and Lascelles had a nightmare in a home defeat to Wolves in September 2016, with the former Anderlecht player the one to make way for Ciaran Clark. The Irish international going on to be Newcastle’s player of the year.

In the last 20 months, Chancel Mbemba has subsequently made only 12 league starts under Rafa and those have almost all come about due to injuries, or the odd time the manager has gone with three/five at the back.



  • Peter C

    I’ll believe it ……… when I see the photograph, of him signing the dotted line on his new contract with Porto

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    So that should bring in a total of around £17m along with the sale of Merino.
    Nothing, Zero, Zilch spent.
    sounds like an Ashley plan Ok.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Now, do you fancy a bet on out net spend?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        French strikers at £25m a pop or maybe a cheapy like Rondon.
        then there`s Italian midfielders at £15m to £18m
        It`s all bull schitt Blobby

        • Oval85

          schitt for brains… He could not tell the difference.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Have a bet then, put up or shut the duck up. £25, we have a net spend of over £10m

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Wow that`s breaking the bank isn`t it £10m net spent when Championship teams ar spending £15m on 1 player.
            Run along Blobbo

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            So you will not back your words up? You are full of something that rhymes with grit

          • Fireman Sam

            Lol that’s pathetic. If it’s anything less than £50m some serious money has gone missing*

            *Into mikes pocket

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            So, how do you work that figure out?

          • Danimal

            Your guestimates have been up and down like a bride’s nighty and apparently you are much wiser than the rest of us.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            These are not my guestimates. If you were to claim we’ll spend no more than £5m I’ll bet you are wrong, I don’t need to go higher than say we’ll spend over £5m.

            Some folk don’t make such stupid claims so some bets are higher than others.

            What we have with Micky here is that he had made a claim and will not back it up.

          • Danimal

            You’ve got a gambling problem. When the fun stops, stop. The fun stopped for most Newcastle United fans shortly after your wet dream Mike Ashley took over.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ha ha, it’s fun watching the backtracking. Jezza showing himself up to be s fraud and Mickylove squirming.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            My bets last year prove I’m brighter than most. My bets raised £100 for the Bobby Robson Foundation which was handed over by Desree and should have been £12,500 for Alzheimer’s but the snide welshing toe rag thst is Jezza wouldn’t cough up, he instead said he’d pay 12p which would have cost them more to administer and blocked me after that so he wouldn’t pay up. I’m also owed £50 from a member who went missing in April.

          • Angelswithdirtyfaces

            Oh my, you could buy 2 £5m strikers from Stoke for that

          • KRS1

            Wow! 10 million, watch out premiership here we come!

          • KRS1

            There has never been more money in football and you think we will have a net spend of £10 million. Does it not depress you that we are likely to be out spent by a number of championship clubs let alone premiership clubs?

          • Danimal

            Stoke aren’t messing about. They will finish below us next season but the one after?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ive not claimed the contrary though. MICKY LOVE claimed we’d spend nowt, I’m being generous at £10m, I should hold him to his word and say over £1 .

          • KRS1

            Aside from your proposed bet does a net spend of up to £10 million signal a club with ambition?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            It depends who you buy for £10m. I actually think our net spend will be around £20m which will be about right for a club in our financial position.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I think a strong side will be a new centre forward, strong fast wide midfielders, for me, I’d like a tricky midfielder but I doubt Rafa thinks so and a better right back would be a bonus.

          • Danimal

            Ten? First you said 60, then you defended the ludicrously cooked books and said we had no money at all, now you’re back to a net spend, albeit at a level that will guarantee relegation. The truth is you haven’t a clue, same as the rest of us and, incredibly, the manager.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I don’t think we’ll spend £60m net but that’s not even the point. Mickey love said we’d spend nowt, I only have to bet him that he’s wrong if he has the guts to stand by his words

    • Leicester Mag

      Yup another cuntin plan from the greedy ballsac

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        he`s got it down to a fine Art

        • Leicester Mag

          Indeed but the Dorrys have forgotten already.🐠

  • Paul Patterson

    Nowt to do with his ability, but I’ve never liked his attitude since he and Thauvin turned up at St James Park in tuxedo’s..

    • Clarko

      That’s just silly.

    • Martin Rooney

      Never liked his attitude since he and Thauvin …., who did so having been informed it was the thing to do by senior pros.
      So you don’t like the attitude of players trying to fit in? divi.

    • Danimal

      I’m choking on my pint but for the sake of balance, I think the Bobby Clark of Monkseaton cult might be right on this one. Even my stopped watch is right twice a day.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Great player but Rafa does not want him so good news that he is going and all the best to him. Be a busy Summer transfer window for us and some great players coming in. Further good new is that some people on here have not renewed their season tickets. They will be replaces in the next four weeks with supporters with passion.

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Alex

      “…..supporters with passion.”

      Don’t you mean ones which could easily have been shoe-horned into the Highbury Library?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The flag displays last season were great and the atmosphere but need to rid of the anti Ashley mob and replace them with people who support the team.

        • Danimal

          Jesus Christ, you really typed that.

        • Westdentoon

          ..there won’t be many left in the ground if you get your way. Just you & your 3 merry followers.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Wake me up when the great players come in,
      or when you schitt your head out of your a$$.
      Both won`t be anytime soon, you Lunatic

      • Danimal

        I think he means coming into other clubs.

  • Fireman Sam

    Fat mike will be happy then, £100m of the tv deal and already over £20m in the sales, he could buy a load of bitcoins or a few shares with that lot.

    • Peaky

      New 🚁…..

      • Dillon Tovak

        I bet his wife would like a new chopper.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Is that Helo for Jamaal, it`s not due until deadline day
        😂😂

        • Peaky

          It’s on order getting customised…..extra large seat for one and a built in fireplace….

    • Dillon Tovak

      Is that for wallpapering his man cave.

      • Leicester Mag

        He has to pay VAT on hot pasties. It all adds up 🍗🌮🍔🍟🍟🍕🍖

    • HarryHype59

      The club was paid £126 million in TV money last season. It is due to collect an eight figure first instalment of the 2018-19 money in July. This club is wallowing in TV money, but the Fat Miser still penny pinches.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        See Blobby Fuckman on that,
        he say`s that Fatso`s books are Kosher

        • Danimal

          It doesn’t matter how many hundreds of millions come in, it will be ‘amortised’ or some such Bobby Feckless excuse. Typical bloody accountant.

  • Dillon Tovak

    He looks more like floyd mayweather in that photo, is he actually 24? 😂

    • Wor Lass

      In dog years!

      • Dillon Tovak

        😂😂😂

  • HarryHype59

    I thought he was a decent player who hasn’t been given a chance by Rafa. Porto will probably sell him for €15-20m in a couple of years.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Like the lad hes got something but dont think hes a central defender personally. He switches off and is too soft at times. I think the last straw was the softness of dealing with Morata when he got pushed over against Chelsea trying to get a freekick when he should have been strong and defended the situation. Communications are poor as well. Hes not an awful player but he will prosper in the Portugese league which is a fair bit easier than the Prem. Good move for the lad and wish him well. But for me for the Prem Lascelles, Lejeune, Clark and Dummett are way better suited. If it frees up money for inbounds and wages to be used by Rafa, its a sensible move.

  • Scott Robinson

    What do people think of England so far? I doubt any of the squad would have gotten into most previous England WC 11’s, though Kane would have been on the bench as a great replacement for an injured Shearer! Columbia are pretty decent defensively, hence we needed those penalties! But any creativity and they were there to be opened up, and it is still something we lack.

    Southgate being a defender has modelled the team to play from the back. Fair enough as Maguire is decent. Then wing backs. A holding defensive midfielder. Typical defender’s team bypassing a creative midfield and playing for set pieces with the two CB’s coming up!

    Keegan on the other hand bypasses the defence!!!

    Who thought Jordan would miss his penalty and the other Jordan would save one! 99%?

    Pickford is decent, but he is no Shilton. He seems weak on his right side, though he saved that penalty, but better on his left. Whilst Joe Hart was strong on his right and weak on his left. Still think Butland is the better keeper and only restricted by that injury.

    Will Jordan now be the most popular baby boy name in mackem land or will the next game change all that? More of the same against Sweden and there will be one goal in it either way. Can see us getting opened up when we face quality.

    ‘How, Jaw-doon …the polis will get ya’ enough to put you off a visit south of the Tyne to the Metro Centre when the screaming mackem chav ‘mummies’ have their day release and bring their ‘Jaw..doon.’

    Another thing my carpet fitter was wearing an SAFC cap, brave in North Shields. Maybe it was stapled to his heed?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I think England are an average team,
      they`ve beaten two pub sides lost to Belgium & Colombia took them to penalties

      • Dillon Tovak

        We can’t score a goal from open play to save our lives.
        It’s funny that we could possibly beat Sweden and then lose pathetically to Croatia and it could easily be argued we’ve been 💩 but still got to the semis!

        • Duh

          Might do better against a different team those centre backs were well equipped to deal with England.

          That said, the squad just looks like a bunch of very fit and fast atheletes to me. It’s not like there is a gascoigne or shearer on the team.

          Tournament football features a lot of luck based variables though so who knows how far they can go. They certainly don’t deserve to win on flair and ability.

    • Danimal

      This tippy tappy, no urgency, no passion, six yard (5 metres) passing game that international teams play now that tackling has been outlawed, is dreadful. England did it for the whole of extra time yesterday, no plan b, no chance of scoring a goal. It’s funny how it’s fashionable for keepers to play the ball short from goal kicks but, 10 minutes later when we’re finally getting close to the opposition’s goal, guess what, the ball gets lumped into the box anyway. I don’t think Keegan bypassed defence by the way, his Newcastle team had a top three defensive record during his 3 and a bit years in charge in the PL, while also being high in the top scorers charts. While I’m on one, please can people stop saying ‘gotten’. Otherwise, cheers, enjoyed your post.

      • Duh

        Daft not to have taken Jonjo as a plan b – he could have been the difference last night (in regular time).

        As Scott said, the Colombian centre backs were good and handled all of those free kicks and corners which was our plan a to score.

        • Danimal

          No point having Vardy without a Shelvey type player (ie. Shelvey) to play the through balls. Typical England manager, take a player, deny him any service, then pronounce him not good enough.

          • Duh

            Should imagine sterling and Trippier would quite like Shelvey pinging balls to them too

      • nevfur

        Not forgetting Rose tippy tapping a shot just wide or Dier missing a sitter with a header as England defended their way through extra time lol

        • Danimal

          I’ll give you that! It still looked like sterile non-football to me. I’m remembering the innovative mediocre non-goal scoring Swansea City of a few years ago. Sky tv almost expected us to apologise for doing something as vulgar as scoring goals in our 2-0 win there (Cisse both goals).

          • nevfur

            True it’s not been too pretty but tbh if we bore our way to the trophy I won’t be complaining lol

    • HarryHype59

      Southgate needs to change formation and/or personal, if England are to score against Sweden. Sterling isn’t comfortable playing under that system. Lingard and Ali may be EPL stars,but they were both poor last night.