In Focus: Italian giants want to end Man City defender’s nightmare

According to Tuttosport, Inter Milan will move for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

Mangala came extremely close to leaving Man City during the summer transfer window, with Crystal Palace said to have agreed a deal on transfer deadline day.

Pep Guardiola’s side could not get a deal for West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans over the line, however, which saw Mangala stay put at the Etihad Stadium.

The 26-year-old has only played 19 minutes of Premier League football this season, and his only two starts during the 2017-18 campaign have come in the League Cup.

To suggest that the Frenchman is out of favour under Guardiola would be the understatement of the century, and something has to give if the centre-back has ambitions of making the France squad for the 2018 World Cup.

According to Tuttosport, Inter will look to end Mangala’s City misery with a bid in January, but the deal relies on the English league leaders securing a replacement.

Why has Mangala struggled at Man City?

Depending on who you believe, Mangala cost City between £32m and £42m when he arrived at the Premier League club from Porto in the summer of 2014.

The centre-back made 31 appearances during his first season at the Etihad, before appearing a further 33 times during the 2015-16 campaign.

Mangala was sent on loan to Valencia for the 2016-17 season, however, after being deemed surplus to requirements by Guardiola following his arrival.

Physically strong, quick and aerially dominant, Mangala has most of the tools needed to operate as a centre-back at the highest level of football.

His temperament has been called into question on a number of occasions, however, and a lack of confidence has seen the defender struggle in the Premier League.

Inter appear intent on bringing Mangala to the San Siro in January, and if the Frenchman can show the type of quality that he demonstrated during his Porto days, City might well regret not giving the defender more of an opportunity.

 


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