Eliaquim Mangala could be on his way out of Manchester City after a difficult two years since his move from Porto, which cost City an eye-watering £42 million in total.
According to an exclusive in The Sun today, Mangala could be heading to La Liga side Valencia – one year after he blocked a loan move to the Mestalla. City wanted to send him to the Spanish club last summer, but Mangala was determined to fight for his place and vetoed the move.
With John Stones arriving if City can agree a fee with Everton, Jason Denayer vying for a place, and another centre-back possible after failed moves for Aymeric Laporte and Leonardo Bonucci, 25-year-old Mangala could be out the door.
Although he has had some standout performances, particularly against physical strikers such as Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimović, Mangala has struggled to build on his early potential, and has long been mooted as one of the casualties of Guardiola’s overhaul.
Jorge Mendes, Mangala’s agent, has close links with Valencia and could move his client to Pako Ayestarán’s in time for the new season. His former club, Porto, also expressed interest in Mangala, but their financial situations mean only a loan deal, with City paying a portion of his wages, would be possible.