Manchester City are trying to make a double coup on transfer deadline day for FC Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando, BBC reports.
City boss Manuel Pelligirini was quiet about transfers after his side’s 5-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, but it looks like the Porto pair could join the Premier League leaders before the end of today’s transfer window.
Mangala, the 22-year-old French defender, will cost the Citizens £35m for his services and has be coveted by Europe’s top clubs for some time with Paris St-Germain and Manchester United both interested.
The cash strapped Portuguese side will also allow defensive midfielder Fernando to leave, whose contract expires in the summer.
This will be another huge statement of intent from the Blue Half of Manchester, after already spending over £100m in the summer transfer window and are taking the Premier League by storm with their dominating displays.
If the transfer was to occur, it would reopen the door for West Ham United to attempt a loan deal for England defender Joleon Lescott, who has managed just eight Premier League games this season.
Everton were in contact with Fernando in regards to an move last August, but the deal feel through while Roberto Martinez was at the work permit hearing.