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Inter face Turkish competition for Manchester City outcast this month – report

Inter are seriously considering a ‘low-risk’ loan deal for Manchester City outcast Eliaquim Mangala this month, but interest from another suitor is increasing.

According to Tuesday’s edition of Tuttosport, the interest of Galatasaray has gone up ‘in the last hours’, after the Istanbul giants – rumoured to be forming a working partnership with City – had been previously linked with the 27-year-old.

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim is keen on taking Mangala on a six-month loan that would see the Turks pay a good portion of the player’s hefty salary (almost €6 million per year) before his City deal runs out in June, making him a free agent.

City have failed to sell the former French international, who has rejected several options to leave permanently, including the chance to join Crystal Palace in 2017. In the summer of 2018, he was recovering from a serious knee injury, meaning he is currently at City, but well down Pep Guardiola’s pecking order.

The club have now almost certainly given up on getting back any of their £42 million outlay on the former FC Porto defender, and a loan deal with a side paying part of his salary seems the most realistic scenario this summer.

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