Lille plot fresh approach for Manchester City player after summer contacts – report

Ligue 1 side Lille are exploring the possibility of signing Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala in January after showing interest in the 26-year-old during the summer.

According to an exclusive report by le10sport, the French side have maintained contacts with Mangala’s entourage and considering his lack of game time under Pep Guardiola – 19 minutes in the Premier League and two full games in the Carabao Cup – he may be open to a January move.

Coach Marcelo Bielsa was opposed to signing Mangala in the summer, but it is reported that he may have changed his mind with the club in the Ligue 1 relegation zone with just one win in nine.

A January move for the French international would almost certainly be a loan deal, with Lille unable to finance a permanent transfer for Mangala, who snubbed permanent moves to Stoke City, Crystal Palace and Spartak Moscow in the last transfer window.

With Vincent Kompany injured, Mangala is currently the third-choice centre-back at City, but his recent performance against Wolves in the Carabao Cup wasn’t convincing and he appears to be on borrowed time at the Etihad Stadium.

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