Celtic were linked with Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba earlier in the season and it appears the club have been handed a huge boost ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
According to reports from the Chronicle, the Premier League club boss Rafa Benitez will almost sanction the sale of the former Anderlecht player who joined Newcastle in 2015 for £8 million during Steve McClaren’s tenure.
Although the Congolese international has only played 35 games in his first season with the Magpies, Mbemba fell down the pecking order following the appointment of Benitez as the club’s new boss and he has just 11 appearances this season. He has been deemed surplus to requirement under the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, and is reportedly a transfer target for Brendan Rodgers.
THe defender is tied with Newcastle until 2020 so his move from the club will command a fee – but with Rodgers expected to consider strengthening his squad during the close season ahead of another assault on Europe and the Scottish domestic trophies, Mbemba could be tempted by the offer of regular football. He has made more than 50 league appearances for Newcastle, 12 of which came in the English Championship.