When Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala made a £32 million move from Porto back in 2014, the Frenchman was expected to provide captain Vincent Kompany with a strong partner in the center of defense. Unfortunately, Mangala failed to impress and with Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones ahead of him in the depth chart, manager Pep Guardiola allowed him to leave on loan to La Liga giants Valencia.
According to Italian news site Calciomercato, Valencia are interested in making the loan deal permanent. City are asking for £16 million for Mangala, half of what they originally paid for him. Spanish sources say that the financially-challenged Valencia are struggling to raise the money to make the deal permanent. Instead, a swap deal is being suggested, with left-back Jose Luis Gaya heading to Manchester.
Gaya has been on Pep Guardiola’s wishlist and with the Spaniard expected to overhaul City’s roster during the summer, the swap deal would be an attractive proposition, especially with Mangala considered surplus to requirements. The 21-year old Gaya has become one of the most in-demand players in La Liga and he is rated at around £30 million.
The quartet of Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, and Aleksandar Kolarov are all over 30 and City are looking to purchase younger alternatives at the full-back positions. Other defenders linked to the club are Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy, and Real Sociedad’s Yuri.