Sunday, June 24, 2018

Porto close in on Mbemba

Porto are on the verge of completing a deal for Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba, according to the Mirror.

The Portuguese giants have tabled an £8m bid for the DR Congo international, who barely featured for the North East outfit last term.

He made just nine appearances in the Premier League last season, with seven of those coming from the start while he played in only twelve games during their Championship winning 2016/17 campaign.

The proposed move appeals to all parties with the twenty-three-year-old facing the prospect of playing in the Champions League while Newcastle trim their hefty wage bill.

Prior to his move to England, Mbemba had two seasons in Anderlecht’s first team helping them to the league championship in his first campaign as a professional.

Internationally he has been capped thirty-eight times for the Democratic Republic of Congo, scoring three goals – the last of which came in a 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Tunisia last September.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deke Hardman


Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.

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