Manchester City make €45m offer for defender - report

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Have Manchester City made their move for Chelsea and Manchester United target Eliaquim Mangala of Porto?

There is no secret that Manchester City need to strengthen their backline, with last night's starter Joleon Lescott regularly linked with an exit.

Vincent Kompany is a world class performer, and Matija Nastasic is an excellent prospect, with Martin Demichelis bought as a stop gap by Manuel Pellegrini.

Reports on the continent this evening are claiming City have made their move for Porto man Eliaquim Mangala.

French website Le10Sport claim an exclusive, writing:

"According to our information, the Blues Manchester City in recent hours have passed a new offer of €45 million to FC Port . They had already proposed this sum at the end of the summer transfer window, but the directors of Porto refused. This time it could be different."

So what's the bad news? Well the report claims that the Frenchman is less than keen to change clubs mid-season, but is weighing up the offer.

Mangala played in the Champions League this season with Porto and would also be ineligible to play in the knockout rounds of the competition.

Yet his signing would give City greater options over the title run-in, and with Porto out of the Champions League themselves he has less reason to hang around.

If Vincent Kompany was to go down injured again, Mangala's presence would mean City are better equipped to get by without their captain, and if the Premier League race goes down to the wire, that could be decisive.

Would Mangala be the perfect mid-season signing for City?

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