Chancel Mbemba confirms dream transfer to Newcastle United for reported £8.5 million fee

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The Anderlecht defender said a move will be completed upon completion of a medical and the awarding of a visa.

Newcastle United look to be about to pull off a third high profile transfer of the summer, after Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba admitted a move to St James's Park was as good as agreed barring a medical and a work permit, according to comments in the Chronicle

The player arrives from Brussels for what the Chroncile say is a fee of £8.5 million, having made 56 league appearances in his short career and eager to test himself in the English top flight.

“The transfer is not finalised yet," Mbemba is quoted by the Chronicle as telling the Belgian press. "There are still some details to work out but it will go (through) and I’m proud of myself.

“I worked very hard for it to arrive and it’s a childhood dream come true. In Congo, everyone dreams of one day playing in the Premier League.

“In my country, it is the place to be.”

The Magpies have certainly been slow at getting round to doing business this summer, but it's hard to deny they are putting together some exciting young arrivals at the club after the Congolese international's confirmation of a move.

Newcastle signed Mbemba's Anderlecht teammate Alexandar Mitrovic yesterday for big money, and earlier in the month snapped up Netherlands international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Feyenoord, meaning they have three top youngsters who are all capable of developing further.

20-year-old Mbemba also revealed that Steve McClaren and his side had managed to beat off interest from two Champions League sides to sign the young talent, with both Atletico Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach also interested in signing him. Newcastle managed to bring in the player because they paid the price Anderlecht were demanding, and also because they had been one of the clubs that had shown a long-standing interest in him.

“I went to visit (Borussia) Monchengladbach’s facilities," Mbemba said. "I had a good interview with their management, and the coach tried to sell it to me but the club could not pay what Anderlecht requested.

“Atlético have also made a offer, but it was refused for the same reasons.”

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