Express: Mangala move imminent
- 14 July 2014 07:29
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
So, it wasn’t to be for Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Sergio Aguero as Argentina missed out narrowly on a third World Cup following a heartbreaking extra time defeat to Germany at the Maracana in a pulsating final chapter of what’s been a wonderful tournament.
We all know things move quickly in football and attention now swiftly turns to the Premier League with the Blues’ title defence kicking in off in just 33 days(!).
From now until the big kick-off we will bring you all the latest transfer rumour and gossip each morning to feast on, so without further ado…
It’s no secret that City are long-term admirers of French star Eliaquim Mangala and if the pixelated and paper pages of the media are to be believed, the Porto defender is on the verge of completing his move to the Etihad Stadium.
“Mangala arrived in Manchester for a medical over the weekend and City sources have confirmed that the move is close to being finalised” reports the Express.
Mangala, who was in his country's squad but did not play in the World Cup, has been a long-term target for City, who came close to signing him in January.
He wanted time after the World Cup to think over the move, amid rumours he preferred Chelsea and Manchester United, but has now made up his mind to join the Premier League champions and is expected to become Vincent Kompany's partner in the heart of defence.
He will become the second player they have bought from Porto this summer following midfielder Fernando.”
“With goalkeeper Willy Caballero and right-back Bacary Sagna already signed, manager Manuel Pellegrini has completed his summer spending, inside UEFA's £49m cap imposed for breaches of financial fair play rules.”
Richard Tanner’s piece then goes on to hint as those who may be heading for the exit door this summer:
“But City will attempt to recoup some cash by off-loading Juventus target Matija Nastasic, Jack Rodwell, Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair. Out of contract pair Joleon Lescott [West Brom] and Gareth Barry [Everton] have already left.”
Edin Dzeko has issued a warning to City’s big-spending title rivals insisting that the champions will only get better next season. The Blues’ main competitors have all splashed the cash this summer in a bid to wrestle the Premier League crown away from the Etihad Stadium. Simon Bajkowski’s Manchester Evening News write-up carries quotes from a recent interview that the Bosnian hitman did with fashion magazine Glamoholic.
“"I think next season is going to be even more interesting.
“"We say that every year because in England you have like six or seven teams that want to win the league and definitely next season will be the same, and we want to do better this season as well so it'll be very interesting."”
As always, rumour and gossip is just that until you see it confirmed on www.mcfc.co.uk. We’ll see you tomorrow for some more!