Newcastle United have once again been quiet in the transfer window with regards to incomings.
Very little cash has been spent as the club have recruited Ki Sung-Yueng on a free transfer, Kenedy on a season-long loan from Chelsea and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on a permanent deal.
Various players have been linked with a switch to St James’ Park, but once again it seems that club owner Mike Ashley is yet to release significant funds to manager Rafael Benitez.
The Spanish coach found himself in the same position this time last year, and a repeat of such has caused frustration among the fans.
On Monday, the club confirmed on their official website that Chancel Mbemba has finalised a move to Porto, which frees up a position in defence.
The DR Congo international, who has 42 international caps to his name, spent three years at Newcastle, but last season he started just seven Premier League matches.
After the Magpies confirmed his departure, some fans chose to wish Mbemba well on Twitter, while others took aim at Ashley.
Shame I thought he was a good player
— I am Stampy (@stampdog) July 23, 2018
I make that roughly 14m profit on transfers ..plus tv prize money of 124m…skint
— psychadelic Audiophile (@northeast1980) July 23, 2018
Shame, I quite liked him as a defender but clearly not in rafas plans and he’s the one that needs to be impressed
— Brian Robinson (@brianrob1) July 23, 2018
I think as Newcastle fans we are just experiencing Ground Hog day. Same old situation and same old comments from the same old fed up fans.
— Billie Gaddess (@BillieG247) July 23, 2018
And with fat man’s charges on top I make that about 25p to Rafa’s transfer budget, don’t forget every penny generated.
On another note, good luck Chancel,a good honest player.
— Stuart Harvey (@Potoglue) July 23, 2018
Well by the sounds he didnt really force himself into the 1st team ..So see ya i bet we sold him for peanuts as well..
— CHRISDOBEY (@ChrisDobey) July 23, 2018
Now he’s playing for a proper football club.
— The Gallowgate End (@gallowgatenufc1) July 23, 2018
He will be a 30 million pound defender within 2 years
— lee fitzsimmons (@leefitzsimmons1) July 23, 2018
top european team signing him must have something in the locker
— ToonBarmy2 (@Barmy2Toon) July 23, 2018
Now a replacement please
— David Jones (@davyj1975) July 24, 2018