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Man City Launch £38m Bid for FC Porto Centre-Back Eliaquim Mangala

Etihad Stadium side want French international.

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Man City have launched a massive £38m bid for FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala according to the Manchester Evening News.

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Though the Etihad Stadium side have been in thrilling form going forward boss Manuel Pellegrini clearly feels there is room for improvement at the back and has made a big money offer for French international Mangala accordingly.

Pellegrini may feel that Mangala would offer his Man City side a long term central defensive partner for captain Vincent Kompany with Joleon Lescott being linked with a move to Aston Villa.

The jury is still out on youngster Matija Nastasic and clearly 32 year old veteran Argentine Martín Demichelis is not a long term option.

22 year old Mangala has been a pivotal part of FC Porto’s recent success, helping the Portuguese side to a Primeira Liga triumph last term and could well be keen on a move to the Premier League.

FC Porto have adopted a lucrative transfer policy of cashing in on their top performers, with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez being recent examples of this, though this source claims a January move for Mangala could be problematic.


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