Rumour: Mangala to finally end City nightmare

Eliaquim Mangala is on the verge of completing a move to Valencia.

According to The Daily Mail, the deal is entering the final stages of completion. He has already had his medical. All that remains is a few I’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed.

Mangala arrived in Manchester from FC Porto, back in 2014 for a mega-deal at the time. He cost City an eye-watering 43 million pounds.

Since his arrival, he has struggled with both form and injuries. Making only 79 appearances for the club. He has been farmed out on loan on a couple of occasions too.

His last injury has kept him out of action for the past 18 months. During which he has not played a competitive game.

He was on loan at Everton when he sustained a serious knee injury, in the 2017/18 season.

This transfer will, in fact, take him back to the Mestalla where he spent the 2016/17 on loan from the blues, with Valencia.

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He signed a one-year contract extension back in March, keeping him in the City squad.

But manager Pep Guardiola has not seen fit to use the Frenchman. The likes of Stones, Laporte and even Otamendi keeping him out of the side.

While he is capped by the French national team. He only has 8 caps. He got his senior international debut back in 2013 at the age of 22.

According to Spanish sports outlet Marca, the deal is in fact only hours away from being finalized and announced.

While the final value of the deal is yet to be disclosed, it is understood that City will register a huge loss on the player.

Since Pep Guardiola took charge three years ago, he has struggled for game time at the Etihad Stadium and has played just one competitive game for the club since January 2018.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City looks on from the bench during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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