Everton eyeing Man City’s Eliaquim Mangala


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Premier League leaders and champions elect Manchester City have spend over £200m on defenders and goalkeepers in the past few seasons, and the latest addition to their squad is former Athletic Bilbao centre half Aymeric Laporte.

The arrival of the French defender makes way for another Frenchman to depart, and Eliaquim Mangala has been linked with a move away from the Etihad for some time now.

Everton are leading the race to acquire his signature, according to Sky Sports, with Newcastle vying to grab him on loan.

Mangala has made nine Premier League appearances this season, starting just four times, and the central defender has never quite established himself as a permanent starter in the Cityzens back line since his move back in 2014.

At the time the Frenchman cost City £31m from Portuguese giants Porto, and they will be lucky to recoup much of that figure if they sell him in this window. A move would however be good for Mangala himself, allowing him to secure more consistent game time, especially with a World Cup coming up in the summer.

Everton currently sit ninth in the table, and have conceded a whopping 39 goals so far this season. The addition of Mangala would go a long way to shoring up their defence, something manager Sam Allardyce is historically keen on.