Eliaquim Mangala is edging closer to a return to FC Porto according to Portuguese publication O Jogo.
The 25-year-old is not in Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City and knowing that he would be left out of the Premier League squad if he opts against a move like he did last year, is trying to find a new club before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Porto, who sold Mangala to City in 2014 for a fee initially reported as £32 million, but later reported to be nearer £42 million by several sources, are now close to securing the Frenchman on a two-season loan, O Jogo reports. It isn’t clear if this would be two years outright, or one year with the option of a second.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes, who represents Mangala, met with City chiefs at the weekend and although no deal was reached, the business is well underway.
Tottenham, AC Milan and Napoli have all been linked with Mangala, but it is said he craves a return to Porto, who will take up 50% of his Manchester City salary if the move goes through.
Mangala’s deal runs until June 2019, meaning if a two-season loan deal is struck, he will have a year left on his contract when it ends.