Chancel Mbemba eventually joined Porto this summer.
The defender having no future under Rafa Benitez and a transfer suiting all parties.
The impending transfer was first reported in the Belgian media on 12 June but took fully six weeks for a deal to be done.
The DR Congo international eventually signing on 23 July 2018, with claims of a transfer fee of around £8m.
However, a new report in Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, now states that their information is that Porto only actually paid £4m (4.5m euros) for the player.
This could well fit in with just how long the transfer took, with no doubt Mike Ashley desperate to get back at least the £8m that Newcastle United reportedly paid for Chancel Mbemba back in 2015. The NUFC owner eventually having to accept that Porto were the only club interested and weren’t prepared to pay any more for the former Anderlecht defender.
The entire summer window saw outgoing transfers taking forever to actually happen, if at all, as the Newcastle United owner insisted on unrealistic valuations.
Matz Sels was another who took forever to be sold, whilst Henri Saivet went out on loan, Achraf Lazaar seeing a loan move fail at the last minute as Newcastle were insisting on a binding sale at the end of the year-long loan to Genoa.
As for Chancel Mbemba himself, he hasn’t made the best of starts in Portugal.
Injured almost immediately in a training session, the defender is still out injured and hasn’t kicked a ball as yet for Porto.
It is now six weeks since the transfer and still no sign of him returning, the player also missing out on playing for DR Congo, they have an African Cup of Nations match against Liberia and Chancel Mbemba wasn’t able to travel due to injury.
23 July 2018 – Chancel Mbemba moved from Newcastle to Porto:
“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.