Everton to have option to buy Eliaquim Mangala this summer

by Leon Thompson February 1, 2018, 0:24
Everton to have option to buy Eliaquim Mangala this summer

After Joe Bennett's nasty challenge on Leroy Sane, Pep Guardiola again pleads to referees to "do their job" and better protect players.

But City boss Guardiola says that even though they have completed the £57million signing of Aymeric Laporte, he isn't looking to get rid of Mangala.

Aymeric Laporte's £57 million arrival at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday has paved the way for his fellow France worldwide to leave the club.

But Mangala may favour a return to Spain after featuring 30 times for Valencia last season.

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Benitez has already seen moves for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who joined West Brom on loan, and Feyenoord hitman Nicolai Jorgensen fall flat and is desperate to add to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday.

Given Mangala's reputation, it is unlikely that many Everton fans will be particularly excited about the prospect of the 26-year-old arriving at Goodison Park, let alone the idea of signing the defender on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

The Frenchman has made 15 appearance for City in all competitions this season but is now expected to swap Manchester to Merseyside, with The Guardian claiming that the former Porto star has travelled to meet Everton officials in order to agree personal terms.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

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