Valencia will not be signing Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City on a permanent deal unless some serious sacrifices are made.
And that sacrifice would have to come from the player agreeing to lower his salary, because according to Plaza Deportiva, City have no intention on budging on the €20 million (£17.4 million) option to buy granted to Valencia when they signed the 26-year-old on loan last year.
Mangala has been one of Valencia’s few success stories this season and they would love to keep him, but the squeeze of Financial Fair Play makes financing a €20 million fee while taking on his €9 million-per-year salary impossible.
An interesting snippet from Plaza Deportiva‘s story is the claim that a number of Premier League clubs are knocking on City’s door for Mangala, which could allow the club to demand more than the fee agreed upon with Valencia.
The story states that it would be a ‘giant surprise’ were Mangala to remain at the Mestalla Stadium beyond this season. There have been no indications that Pep Guardiola would like to reintegrate the French international into his squad, despite an upturn in form, meaning a summer sale the most likely outcome. Unfortunately for Valencia, it won’t be to them.