Manchester City defender close to transfer but must wait until after Bournemouth game – report

Eliaquim Mangala is edging closer and closer to getting what he wants – a move to Inter Milan – with Manchester City finally becoming more open to a loan deal after previously demanding a cash-only deal.

City have received offers from Spartak Moscow and Stoke City for Mangala this summer, both of which would have been permanent transfers, but the 26-year-old rejected both options and now has eyes only for Luciano Spalletti’s side.

However, according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia, the French international will not be allowed to leave the club until after Saturday’s game against Bournemouth, with his replacement – almost certain to be West Brom’s Jonny Evans – not yet signed. This suggests that Pep is planning to go with three at the back again at Bournemouth, with Mangala named among the substitutes.

Inter are now very optimistic of getting a deal done, having been targeting a new centre-back on loan all summer. They have considered a number of possibilities, including another City player Jason Denayer, but Mangala has been their primary objective and they are close to finally getting their man.

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