Newcastle To Sign Chancel Mbemba For £8.5m Despite Him Having Four Reported Birth Dates

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Newcastle are poised to complete the £8.5million signing of
Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba,  but
doubts remain about the player’s age. The Magpies will sign the Congolese
international on the understanding he is 20 years old. However, it has long
since been reported that Mbemba has four birthdays, ranging from 1988 to 1995.

Mbemba once stated in an interview that he believed his
birthday was around 1990, which would make him 25. The centre back began his
career in his homeland, where his date of birth was registered as August 8,
1988. By the time he came to sign for Anderlecht in 2012, his new birthday was
stated as August 8, 1995.
However, during qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of
Nations, Congo registered him as a November 30, 1991 birth. And to add to the
confusion, Mbemba himself has been quoted as saying he was born in 1990.
Newcastle, however, are said to be relaxed about the
situation surrounding a player they regard as the best defender in the Belgian
Jupiler League. He will follow Anderlecht team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic to
Tyneside after the striker joined in a £12.5m deal earlier this week.

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