Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that the club’s long-awaited deal for Eliaquim Mangala is all but done.
The Sky Blues have been tracking the France international for much of the last year, and even came close to securing a deadline day swoop for his signature back in January.
Although they missed out on the powerful 23-year-old defender over the winter, a £32m switch has been in the pipeline in recent months, and now it appears that he will be moving to the Etihad Stadium.
Reports in the player’s homeland have hinted that the agreement may be finalised this week, and speaking ahead of his team’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal earlier today, Pellegrini let slip that Mangala will follow Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna and Fernando to the club:
“The players we have brought in – Fernando, Caballero, Sagna and Mangala – will help the team,” he told BT Sport.
Much of the hold up surrounding Mangala’s proposed move is understood to have revolved around third party ownership, with Porto having made a complex deal to sign the centre-back in 2011 from Standard Liege.