Manchester City has according to TalkSport flashed their financial muscle with a £38 million bid for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.
Considering the huge fee and the fact that the 22-year-old Mangala will be unable to play in any of City’s remaining Champions League matches the City scouts must feel as if they have come across a special talent.
It was assumed that the French international was quite content to remain in Portugal in order to allow him to focus on next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and with his current club Porto valuing him at £45 million it appeared as if he might get his wish.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini however has different ideas and thinks that a bid of £38 million will make Porto sit up and take notice as just like every other club in the Portuguese league they are under a lot of financial pressure to sell players.
Pellegrini is concerned that his City defence continue to let in goals together with a drop in form of Matija Nastasic he feels that in order to be competitive in the four competitions they are still involved with he needs to secure the back.
Should Mangala join City it would surely see the departure of Joleon Lescott who is eager for first team football in order to boost his chances of getting back in the England squad before the World Cup.