Report: Newcastle interested in Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba

The Magpies have reportedly been tracking Anderlecht centre-back Chancel Mbemba.

As reported by HLN, Newcastle are scouting the Belgian market for potential summer signings, and have earmarked 20-year-old Mbemba as a player they are keen to bring to St James’ Park.

A Congolese international, the youngster has played for Anderlecht for his entire career, and, with 30 appearances to his name this term, has started to truly cement himself as a key player for the Belgian giants.

He has Champions League experience, and is a physical centre-back with his whole career ahead of him, making him an exciting prospect for any club looking to strengthen their back-line for the future.

His current contract with Anderlecht runs until the the end of the 2016/17 season, meaning that his current club hold the cards in any potential transfer. However, the financial clout of Belgian clubs is not as great as that of England, and Newcastle have the riches of the Premier League to splash out should they look to formalise an offer for Mbemba.

Would Mbemba be a good signing?

As a young and promising centre-half with a wealth of both domestic and European experience to his name, Mbemba would be an illustrious signing. For Newcastle, he represents a perfect signing for their business model, being able to secure him from a cheap market at a young age, before allowing him to develop in the Premier League and then selling him on in the future for a higher fee.

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