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Manchester City closing on Mangala

Mangala could be on his way to the Etihad for £20m.
Mangala could be on his way to the Etihad for £20m.
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Manchester City are looking to Portugal to address their depth problems at center back.

FC Porto’s Elaquim Mangala has become a major target for the title-challenging club and is said to be weighing up a £20m bid, according to the Daily Mail.

At just 23 years of age, Mangala would be considered a long-term addition to the squad and could fit in straight away next to captain Vincent Kompany.

City nearly acquired Mangala in the January window, but a deal collapsed as the window closed.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have shown interest in the French center half who moved to Porto for £5.4m from Standard Liege. In his time there, he’s won back-to-back titles and has also featured at left back.

Mangala is also considered a major threat on set pieces.