Man City set valuation at £8.8m, should Newcastle spend Mbemba money?

Newcastle United's Congolese defender Chancel Mbemba (R) holds up Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (L) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and...

Newcastle could look to add a new central defender to their side.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Newcastle on January 28, 2018 in London,...

Newcastle United are reportedly close to finally offloading ostracised defender Chancel Mbemba, with the Daily Mirror claiming FC Porto are willing to spend as much as £8million to land the DR Congo international.

Mbemba, 23, only managed nine Premier League appearances all season, which all became the turn of the year. So for Newcastle to land £8million for his signature, is a good bit of business by the Tyneside club.

But Rafa Benitez now must add cover to his central defence, with only captain Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejuene and Ciaran Clark as options at the back.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Armed with Mbemba's transfer fee, Benitez should look at Manchester City defender Jason Denayer after Turkish outlet Aksam claimed the Belgium international is valued at £8.8million by the Premier League champions.

The report claims Turkish giants Galatasaray are interested in the former Sunderland loanee, but will not make a bid until Pep Guardiola's side reduce their asking price for the defender.

Still only 22, Denayer spent the entire 2017-18 season on loan with Gala, making 22 SuperLig appearances as the Turkish outfit held aloft the league title, pipping Fenerbahce to first place by three points.

Galatasaray's Belgian defender Jason Denayer (R) vies for the ball with Besiktas' Spanish forward Alvaro Negredo during the Turkish Spor Toto Super league football match between Galataray...

Denayer has never made an appearance for Man City, though he has also won the league title in Scotland with Celtic and has 24 Premier League appearances following his loan spell with Sunderland.

Renowned for his power and aerial prowess, Denayer's intricate technical ability on the ball is somewhat surprising and allows him to comfortably ply his trade in holding midfield - as well as centre-back.

At the bargain price of less than £9million, Denayer would be the perfect replacement for Mbemba.

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