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Manchester City rejoin race to land French international

Eliaquim Mangala

It’s been a quiet day in the Football Transfer Tavern but now reports have arrived from talkSPORT that has set off some intense discussion around the bar.

The latest speculation – originally deriving from L’Equipe – indicates that Manchester City are preparing to a make another go of it in terms of tabling a bid for Porto centre back Eliaquim Mangala.

City were reportedly watching the 22-year-old during the summer but his high valuation put the Citizens off with a massive estimated £42 million release clause in his current contract.

Porto have no desire to sell the French international during January and still want any propective buyers to fork out the huge release clause if they want to sign their talented defender.

However with interest from Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, City could follow up their initial interest with a firm bid to land the French youngster.

Today’s reports even suggests that City could offset any cost by including one of their out-of-favour players on loan. It is possible that former Everton defender Joleon Lescott could be that player with the England international seeking more regular football for the second half of the season.

Manchester United are one of several teams who have been linked with Mangala in recent times but here in the tavern we do wonder if any side will be prepared to pay over £40 million to land an untested defender when other targets are available at a cheaper price.

Although City, PSG and Monaco all have the financial backing to be successful in this pursuit.

Does the Porto defender suit what City require in January? Let us know your thoughts below.

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