Latest on the Mbemba Transfer
Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has arrived on Tyneside ahead of a £7.5m move to the club. He is due to have a medical today after agreeing terms on a £30,000 per week deal.
However, there is much confusion over the actual age of the DR Congo international. A FIFA investigation has uncovered that he has been registered as having FOUR different birth dates.
According to Anderlecht, Mbemba turns 21 next month, but the player appears to have contradicted this, claiming he was born in 1990. His first 2 professional clubs in DR Congo registered him as being born in 1988, and his country, in 1991.
Speaking on his move to the Toon, Mbemba said;
“There are still 1 or 2 details to work out but it will go through and I’m proud of myself for earning this move. To play in England is a childhood dream. I’ve worked very hard to make come true. I think I probably tabled my business card to English clubs with the way I played against Arsenal in the Champions League last season”.
Labeled as the new Vincent Kompany, Mbemba could be a great signing for the Toon. Versatility, strength, commitment, and determination is what the Newcastle back 4 have been lacking for some time. All qualities which Mbemba appears to have in abundance. Although, I do believe the Magpies need another more commanding centre half to play alongside him, I am very excited to see how this young (or experienced) defender adapts to the Premier League.
21 or 27, this is a step forward for Newcastle United.