Eliaquim Mangala was one of the biggest casualties of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City overhaul this summer. Signed for a fee initially reported as £32 million, but later revealed to be closer to £42 million, the French defender showed glimpses of promise, but in two years was unable to cast aside his inconsistency and develop into the elite centre-back City were hoping for.
With Pep not a fan of the 25-year-old, Mangala was one of several big names to be hastily sent packing on transfer deadline day, along with Joe Hart, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony. Shortly after the deal was confirmed, Jesús García Pitarch, director of football at Valencia, confirmed that the club had negotiated an option to buy Mangala.
What ‘Suso’ refused to reveal, however, was how much they would have to pay if they decide to exercise the clause next summer. That information has now been revealed, thanks to Plaza Deportivo, a well-known source for Valencia news.
Having received information from sources close to the club, Plaza Deportivo revealed that Valencia agreed a price of around €18 million (£15 million) with City for Mangala. This is an option to buy, not an obligation, but would mean a heavy loss for City after investing so much.
It appears to be a win-win situation for Valencia, who will get a centre-back for cheap in a competitive market for players of that position, or be able to send him back to City if he fails to live up to expectations.