Man City not ready to sacrifice star for Man United target

Manchester City are not prepared to send Eliaquim Mangala to Valencia as part of any deal for Nicolas Otamendi, according to reports from ESPN.

The Sky Blues – who have made a perfect start to the Premier League season with two 3-0 wins – have been linked with a move for Los Che’s Argentine star of late, and it’s been claimed (below) that they could use their £42m summer 2014 signing as part of a deal.

The prospect of Mangala going on loan may have appealed to Valencia, as he’s a direct replacement, but now reports claim that the Citizens are against the idea and that the player himself wants to stay at the Etihad Stadium.

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The impact this could have on a potential move for Otamendi, who has also been linked with Manchester United, remains to be seen, while the situation is further complicated by the Spaniards having not paid City the full £21.4m owed for Alvaro Negredo.