Signing This Defensive Star Would Be Big Coup For Newcastle

It will be a coup if Newcastle can sign 26 year-old Manchester City French International center-back target Eliaquim Mangala, but the player would rather stay at City if he can persuade Pep Guardiola to keep him.

But Pep is strong-minded and knows exactly what he wants and it looks like Eliaquim is not part of his plans for the future and therefore is very likely to be sold this summer.

He’s just the kind of class player Rafa is looking for and he’s an experienced  player the Newcastle manager wants and he’s good enough to have played 64 times for the City first team.

Eliaquim Mangala – in France’s colors

He could be expensive for Newcastle since he was signed City signed the French centre-back for £32M but City were also supposed to pay an extra £10M for him because of his  split ownership with two companies owning 40% of his economic rights – all very complicated.

How much City want tor Mangala this summer is a good question.

But Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is definitely keen on the player and he has already discussed the move with  City’s Spanish Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain.

This is what the Frenchman has told the French daily L’Equipe:

“This is a coach who has his own ideas. I am fortunate to have spent a month with him.”

“And I can tell you that I have made more progress, especially tactically, in a month with him than in two years at City.”

“I want to believe I can convince him. But today I’m on the market, there will be offers this summer.”

If Mangala is that keen on improving his game he should join Rafa Benitez on Tyneside with Rafa being one of the acknowledged tactical experts of the game.

Mangala was at Valencia all last season on loan where he played 33 times in all competitions for the Spanish club with two goals and had a good season.

This lad looks a class player and it would be a bit of a coup if Rafa can persuade him to join us next season because some big clubs will also be after him.

Here’s hoping we can get him!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 27, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Class as he may be, Mangala’ll likely be too expensive for the Club. Given he’s at Citeh, he’s likely to be on a wage package that’ll make Ashley take to his bed in shock!

  • Christopher Asprilla

    May 27, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    He got bad press when he was at Manchester City. He’s excellent on the ball and his stats for Valencia this year state that he had as good a year as Clark did in the championship if not better. Nearly 90% pass completion for a centre-halve is impressive. Valencia had a 17 million buy out clause so it wouldn’t be more than that . Valencia aren’t exercising it do maybe Newcastle could deal around 15 million. Sounds like a goer to me . Proper Rafa signings top quality internationals whose pedigree may have slipped a little no one better than the Spaniard to work his defensive magic on him. Guardiola might have impressed him tactically in a month what Rafa would do over a season would blow his mind. Experience is a virtue needed next year especially at the back. Be very pleased with this one . I wonder who else Rafa was talking to Txiti to at their supposed meeting. Bacary Sagna contracts up experienced premier league right back plus three others leaving on a free . Watch this space as far as Man City are concerned. Ashley’s famous every last penny for transfers and loans speech makes me think Newcastle will take three or four big loan deals this year. Man City, Chelsea and probably Liverpool or Arsenal. HWTL As long as Rafa keeps 30 million for William Carvalho I’m happy ? ??????

  • lochinvar

    May 27, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Two Companies own 40% of his economic rights ?
    Does this mean 40% of his earnings are probably off shore ?
    You would think that Charnley and the club would want to avoid anymore scrutiny on that sort of arrangement

  • Offkey

    May 27, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    @3 he used to be owned by varying parties, they don’t allow it in uk as far as I am aware. The point ed makes is they paid a lot as they were negotiating with more then 1 party to sign him


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