Man City face battle for French star

Eliaquim Mangala (Porto)Manchester City will have to battle off interest from Monaco if they are to tie up a January deal for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to reports from talkSPORT.

The Citizens were linked with a deadline day swoop for the Frenchman, with the player himself confirming that an approach was made.

However, a move for the 22-year-old failed to materialise and Manuel Pellegrini instead opted to swoop for Martin Demichelis.

But, the Argentine suffered an immediate injury, leaving City short on defensive options.

This has prompted speculation of a fresh winter move for Mangala – who has attracted attention from all over Europe.

One side to have a serious interest in his signature are Monaco, with manager Caludio Ranieri having made him his top target.

The newly promoted Ligue 1 side have the financial muscle to compete with any team on the planet, as was proved by their extravagant £146m spending spree over the summer.

The Russian-backed Mediterranean outfit secured the likes of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, despite widespread interest in the trio.

Having addressed attacking concerns, they are now keen to strengthen their rearguard in an attempt to secure the French league title in their first season back in the top tier, with Mangala seen as the ideal signing.

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