Besiktas are interested in bringing in Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan.
According to the Sun, the Turkish giants are keen on bringing in the former Porto defender for the season, with Mangala failing to maintain a spot in the City first-team and falling behind the likes of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte in the pecking order at the club.
The Telegraph reported earlier in the month that Mangala would be allowed to walk from City for free this summer after being omitted from the club’s pre-season squad, potentially resulting in a £42 million loss for the Premier League holders.
Signed, at the time, for a British record for a defender (per the Manchester Evening News), Mangala’s time at City has been largely underwhelming considering how much the Manchester giants spent on the former France international.
City legend Rodney Marsh called the defender “terrible” in his first season with the club (per the Mirror), and across three seasons Mangala has only managed 79 appearances for the Citizens (per Transfermarkt), with the defender relegated to U-23 football with the youth team in Premier League 2 last campaign (per the Liverpool Echo).
Indeed, this severe lack of game time last campaign could be a clear indicator that Pep Guardiola is ready to let the Frenchman walk this summer despite only having three other senior first-team centre-backs (per Transfermarkt) following the departure of Vincent Kompany in May (per BBC Sport).
With City legends seemingly against him and Guardiola relegating him to the U-23s, the Premier League holders could be better off allowing Mangala to walk this summer for free to get his reported £100,000-a-week wages off the payroll (per Spotrac).
Although Besiktas are reportedly looking to loan the French defender, allowing Mangala to walk on a permanent deal could be the more sensible option for City this summer, who seem to be ready to cut their losses on the former Porto star.
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