Serie A club Inter are hunting for defensive reinforcements and one of the players under consideration is a man some Manchester City fans would be forgiven for forgetting is still at the club.
The Tuttosport newspaper reports today that the Italians have placed Eliaquim Mangala on a secondary list of defenders under consideration for next summer. That list is comprised of three experienced centre-backs who are out of contract next summer and thus available for no transfer fee.
Mangala, who has been linked with Inter in the past, is on that list with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and veteran Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid.
Inter may turn to those three but are first and foremost exploring two possible deals for Joachim Andersen (Sampdoria) and Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta) and hope that excellent relations with those clubs could make negotiations possible.
27-year-old Mangala has just recovered from a long-term injury that ended a loan spell at Everton after just two games following his temporary switch in the January window. The 8-cap French international has been training with Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad but appears to have no future at the Etihad and seems destined to leave either in January or when his contract is up in June 2019.
Wolves, who Mangala’s agent Jorge Mendes has a strong connection to, have also been linked with the big money signing, who set City back around £42 million when he moved from FC Porto in 2014.