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Napoli enter race for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala

Serie A side Napoli are considering a move for unwanted Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to today’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy.

Pep Guardiola was quick to make his mind up on the 25-year-old Frenchman, who has not even made the bench to date this season, and he is available for transfer. Valencia and AC Milan have been linked in recent days, but the interest of Napoli may be more realistic.

While Milan and Valencia are financially limited this summer, Napoli were handed a pot of gold when they sold Gonzalo Higuaín to rivals Juventus for €90 million (£78 million) this summer, and despite only receiving half of that fee this year, could fund a deal for the former Porto man.

Napoli are reported to have given up on signing Torino centre-back, Nikola Maksimović, and sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli has enquired with officials at City about the availability of Mangala. The response, according to Gazzetta, is that the Blues would accept a fee of between €15 million (£13 million) and €18 million (£16 million), which would mean the club are willing to take a huge hit on the player.

However, Mangala’s salary of €3.5 million (£3 million) per season, an amount considered too high by Napoli, could be an obstacle and he may have to accept a pay cut unless City agree to subsidise his wages.

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