The Mirror are reporting that Manchester City will be willing to send Eliaquim Mangala to Newcastle on loan after they have signed Athletic Bilbao defender and former French U21 International Aymeric Laporte.
Rafa tried to sign Mangala on loan last summer but was not successful, but if we can get him in he will help strengthen the defense for the 14 games left in the Premier League.
Rafa could also try to get an option to buy him in the summer if the French International does well for us.
Mangala cost City a cool £42M when he signed in the summer of 2014 from Porto.
Eliaquim Mangala – close to loan deal
Laporte cost Manchester City the £57M release-out clause in his contract – which is ridiculous.
The talks on the loan are now going on with Newcastle, so we hope we can be successful after yesterday’s failure to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan and then we refused to pay the £20M required for Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen.
Malaga could be expensive to buy outright since the Mirror are reporting a £23M offer from Crystal Palace last summer was turned down.
Newcastle will have to pay most of Mangala’s £80K/week wages, but Rafa rates this player, and Mangala can start playing well for Newcastle under the manager;’s guidance.
It would be an excellent opportunity for the 8 times capped French International and former Porto player to resurrect his career on Tyneside.
The 6ft 2ins defender is 26 years old.
What do you think?