Manchester City are close to securing the signature of the French international with a bid believed to be in the region of £32 million according to The Guardian.
The 23-year old did not participate in France’s World Cup campaign this summer but his club form in Portugal with FC Porto looks to have interested the Man City management team enough to be considering a rather large bid for the young defender.
Looking at Manchester City’s defence there’s an argument that they do not necessarily need to strengthen hugely at the back with Vincent Kompany and co. (no pun intended) helping City to reclaim their crown as the Champions of England.
However, if Mangala is to put pen to paper it would be a sign that Manchester City are learning from past mistakes and realising that no matter how strong your squad is, it is pivotal that they strengthen in each transfer window. These lessons should be learnt after the 2012/13 campaign where City didn’t strengthen sufficiently enough to retain the English title.
Much of the same City squad is there now as was there in 2012/13, so the team mentality should be right to push on even further than last season, which would of course mean retaining their league title but would also mean improving their fortunes in Europe.
For a club with the financial backing of Man City not to be capable of performing on Europe’s biggest footballing stage is wholly unacceptable.
A slight improvement on reaching the last sixteen last season, albeit to the hands of Barcelona doesn’t show enough of a sign of improvement in Europe, where City should be showing their talent. This writer is not suggesting that the signing of one defender is going to cure Man City’s shortcomings in Europe, but to improve, lessons must be learnt in the transfer window.
Managala himself comes from one of Portugal’s top clubs, and a club not to be sniffed at but it will be interesting to see if he can adapt to the English game quickly and give City an even better defensive record than they managed last season, only conceding 37 goals.
Not only will it be a challenge to improve this record even further but it may be a challenge for Mangala to break into the team particularly when you look at the recent performances internationally from Martin Demichelis; he was part of the Argentinian defence that conceded just one goal in the knockout stages of the World Cup, with that solitary goal coming in the second-half of extra-time in the World Cup Final.
Combine Kompany, Matija Nastasic as well as Demichelis and there is a lot of central defensive competition in this Manchester City team so it will be upto Mangala to impress Manuel Pellegrini as much as the greater footballing public if he is to join up with the Manchester giants for next season.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.