Late Monday afternoon at last saw Chancel Mbemba leave Newcastle United.
Not having even made Newcastle’s bench in the Premier League since December, the defender knew he needed to move this summer.
Indeed, Rafa Benitez reportedly told the player to stay away from Newcastle’s training ground in pre-season until a transfer was sorted.
However, with Mike Ashley hell-bent on not compromising on the price tag of unwanted players, it has proved a nightmare all round at NUFC as players have remained unsold. A nightmare in particular for Rafa Benitez who has stated he had to sell players before he would be able to buy any of his targets.
As usual, this transfer has an undisclosed fee, though media reports seem to have a consensus of around £6m.
With only 16 days to go until transfer deadline day, Newcastle United currently have a positive balance of over £10m on transfers in and out so far this summer, plus both Mbemba and Colback are now off the wage bill.
With Aleksandar Mitrovic expected to follow out of the door, will we then see much-needed reinforcements coming in?
“I come here to win titles but first and foremost I will continue to work to win.
“I’m going to work to earn my place, I want to give everything I have to show what I can do for everyone.
“If I work well, I believe I can do it.”
Porto Official Announcement:
MBEMBA SIGNED UNTIL 2022
Central defender, international for the DR Congo, signed for four seasons
Mbemba joined FC Porto. The central defender, 23, international for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, signed for four seasons, until June 30, 2022.
“I will give everything for this shirt”, the blue and white reinforcement stated, talking as a FC Porto player for the first time, adding: “I’m happy to be here. Everyone knows FC Porto, a great club. I remember being in Africa and seeing FC Porto win the UEFA Champions League, and I remember the great players that have been at the club. I am very happy to sign for FC Porto”.
Chancel Mbemba Mangulu was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire) and started playing football in the streets of Kinshasa, before starting his training at clubs such as ES La Grace and MK Etanchéité. In 2011, he left Africa and joined Anderlecht. Mbemba was in the victory over the Belgian Supercup in 2013, despite not leaving the dugout, but reinforced his status in the next season, assuming an important role in the victories in the Jupiter League and the Supercup, in 2014.
Signed by Newcastle in the summer of 2015, the central defender was regularly used in his debut season, still in the Premier League. In the following seasons, he played less, but still helped Newcastle win the Championship in 2017, the third title in his professional career, contributing to the return of the Magpies to the main division.
Mbemba shared the dressing room with former Dragons Steven Defour and Rolando (Andrelecht) and Christian Atsu (Newcastle). Curiously enough, the Congo international player has a chance of facing his former club in the presentation match of FC Porto, scheduled for next Saturday.