Tottenham Hotspurs are reported to be considering a move for Manchester City’s defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to ESPN.
The report claims that coach Pep Guardiola is willing to listen to offers for the defender. The France international is deemed excess to requirements at the Etihad, along with other players; Hence, the move to phase him out of the squad.
Mangala has not appareared in any match for Man City since the Spanish tactician took over. Nicolas Otamendi is favoured ahead of him, and the recent signing of John Stones from Everton for a record fee of £50 million further compounded his problems. There’s also skipper Vincent Kompany who is set for a return to the team when he recovers fully from his injury. Spurs are willing to take him, and reported to be keen to push out Kevin Wimmer should they get Mangala before the transfer window closes.
Aleksander Kolarov has gotten one of the spots in the heart of the defence as well; meaning Mangala has very little chance of getting a call-up this term. He has three more years for his current deal to play out, but City cannot bear it anymore after moving to the Etihad from Porto for a whopping £32 million. Mangala joined in the summer of 2014 but hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.
Austria international Wimmer has enjoyed a decent run since joining from FC Koln last year on a five year deal. However, Coach Mauricio Pochettino wants to send him away from White Hart Lane, with Mangala the replacement. There would be other clubs that they would have to battle to sign him but City is a decent alternative for Mangala, being a top team and playing in the Champions League. Spurs have started the campaign on a decent note this season, and they were real contenders for the title last season – so a good option for him.