Chancel Mbemba would be a quality defensive signing for Celtic this summer

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic will have to battle two Belgian clubs if they want to sign Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba this summer.

What’s the story?

Despite winning an unprecedented double treble this weekend, this summer’s transfer window is set to be another one of improvement for Celtic as they look to bring first team quality to the club that can enhance their successful squad.

One player that could end up at Celtic Park is Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba.

That’s according to The Scottish Sun, who say the Hoops will have to battle with the likes of Anderlecht and Standard Liege for his signature.

The player is rated as worth £6.3m by Transfermarkt, putting him in the upper reaches of the Hoops’ available spending power.

What does he offer Celtic?

Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer have emerged as Brendan Rodgers’ preferred options at centre-back this season and while they have both performed well in domestic competition, there are question marks when it comes to making the step up to European competition.

Still just 23 years of age, Mbemba is being kept out of the Newcastle side by the likes of Jamaal Lascelles, so there’s no disgrace to not currently getting a regular game under Rafa Benitez, and he has good experience for his age in English and Belgian football that could benefit the Hoops.

He also has two UEFA Champions League campaigns under his belt with Anderlecht, meaning he would be ready to perform in that competition too.

The DR Congo international has the ability to play out of defence with the ball at his feet and the versatility to be able to deputise at left-back if need be, making 5 appearances there for the Magpies this season.

He’s a player that should definitely be on their radar this summer.