Three reasons Everton should move for Mangala if Man City sign van Dijk
According to reports in The Times, Manchester City are considering making a January move for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who is rated at £70m by the south coast oufit.
The Times says that Citizens boss Pep Guardiola wants to strengthen his central defensive options in the New Year, and he will decide between trying to sign van Dijk or Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez, who would be a cheaper option.
The report adds that long-term admirers Liverpool are still keen on the 26-year-old having seen an attempt to sign him during the summer rebuffed, while Arsene Wenger is also weighing up a move for the Netherlands international.
Meanwhile, Everton’s fortunes have turned around since they were beaten 4-1 by Saints at St Mary’s last month, and they have taken 10 points from a possible 12 since, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
While performances and results have improved following a hugely disappointing start to the campaign, Sam Allardyce is still likely to want to strengthen his squad in January, and the Daily Mail says he is keen to sign a new centre-back.
The arrival of van Dijk at the Etihad Stadium would certainly bring Eliaquim Mangala’s future into doubt, and bringing him to Goodison Park could prove to be a shrewd move.
Here are three reasons Everton should move for the Frenchman if City sign the Dutch defender…