Manchester City are considering offering £42million flop Eliaquim Mangala a contract extension, the Daily Star reports.
Mangala, 27, has failed to live up to expectations since joining from FC Porto in a club-record deal back in 2014, and has since been shipped out on loan to Valencia and Everton.
Mangala is still recovering from a serious knee injury sustained just two games into his Everton loan spell, making any sale difficult in the summer transfer window.
With the French international into the last year of his contract, City have a dilemma. And according to the Daily Star, City could add more years to Mangala’s deal to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.
The Blues have struggled to find a buyer for centre-back Mangala, largely due to his hefty salary. They almost sold him to Crystal Palace on deadline day last summer, but a £23million deal collapsed and Palace instead signed Mamadou Sakho.
Unless Mangala can find fitness quickly, clubs are unlikely to take a risk on buying him before the season kicks off, and that could leave City at risk of losing one of their most expensive buys for nothing.