Manchester City supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side’s wretched week continue courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night, thus seeing them bow out of the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s men were humbled 3-0 by the Merseyside giants in the first leg last week to give them a mountain to climb at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, while they also lost 3-2 to Manchester United on Saturday in far from ideal preparation. They did however get an early goal on Tuesday through Gabriel Jesus, yet second half strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino secured victory on the night for Jurgen Klopp’s side, in turn sealing a 5-1 aggregate success for the Reds.
As such, there have been many disappointed Citizens fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can pick themselves up when they face the tricky trip to Tottenham on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident City supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that West Brom’s Jonny Evans is set to make the move to the Etihad this summer.
And while the 30-year-old’s arrival is likely to be well received by Citizens fans, landing Evans would surely spell bad news for £13.5 million-rated star Eliaquim Mangala (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the France international has struggled to show his best form since making the move to Manchester back in 2014, with just 79 first team appearances to show for his efforts in the last four years or so.
In fact, the 27-year-old is so far down Guardiola’s pecking order that he was shipped out on loan to fellow Premier League outfit Everton during the January window, although injury has cut short his time at Goodison Park.
Thus, the former Porto centre-back is already well out of contention for a starting role at the Etihad, such have been the efforts of Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Vincent Kompany, and winter signing Aymeric Laporte, and adding accomplished defender Evans to those ranks is only likely to push him even further down the pecking order, and possibly out of the club altogether.
Yes, Mangala did make five Premier League starts for the Citizens between November and December to perhaps suggest that he was still in Guardiola’s thinking, but the return to fitness and form of Kompany alongside Laporte’s arrival has put pay to those hopes.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old’s future at City looked to be in doubt anyway heading into the summer – Evans’ arrival is only likely to spell further bad news for the Frenchman during the close season.
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