Fenerbahce are seriously considering a move for Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala in the summer transfer window, according to reports in Turkey.
Mangala has a year remaining on his City contract and following the club-record signing of Aymeric Laporte in January, the Frenchman is not part of Pep Guardiola’s plans.
Turkish giants Fenerbahce are ready to move for either Mangala or FC Porto centre-back Iván Marcano, with Mangala their preference because he is younger than the 30-year-old Spaniard.
The club’s manager, Aykut Kocaman, believes they are well set going forward but need some defensive reinforcements after conceding 36 goals this season, more than their main rivals.
City would not command a huge transfer fee for Mangala, who they have struggled to find a buyer for, having been forced to loan him to Valencia and Everton in the past couple of years. The player’s wages, reported to be £140,000-a-week, have put clubs off signing him permanently.
Mangala did a commendable job when called upon over the festive period for City, making appearances in the wins over Manchester United and Tottenham. His 9 appearances for City in the Premier League earned him a medal at the end of the season.
After Laporte’s arrival and with John Stones regaining fitness, Guardiola decided there was no place for Mangala and loaned him to Everton in January, but he managed just one-and-a-half matches before injury cut short his season.
Now he has interest arriving from Turkey and other clubs may come forward with offers for the 27-year-old as the window progresses.
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