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?