Eliaquim Mangala looks set to finally complete his move to Manchester City…
Manchester City will reportedly finalise their capture of £32m Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala within the next 48 hours, after the Premier League champions finally agreed terms with the Portuguese giants.
Daily Mirror sources believe that the transfer was delayed due to disagreements over payment terms, but that the move is finally set to go through later this week.
The transfer’s delay was not helped by City’s own well-chastised mistake, when images of the player discussing his move following a medical were leaked on the club’s website.
The video footage was made when the 23-year-old travelled to the club’s Carrington training ground for a tour of facilities in mid-July. It was filmed for use when the deal was completed, but was hacked and prematurely released.
Since then, negotiations have been terse, but the news in Porto on Wednesday night is the club has finally sanctioned the deal, and that will allow the player to join his new teammates after the Community Shield game against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday.
The Mirror claims that City will pay just under £30m for the highly regarded defender, with extras taking the total fee to in excess of £32m – further bonuses will follow if the club achieves the success they hope for.
Mangala is seen as the last piece in the Blues’ new-look squad, with no further signings planned now boss Manuel Pellegrini has been granted his wish of two internationals for every position.