Manchester City are still awaiting a decision from Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala about a proposed move to the Etihad Stadium, and the Sky Blues are prepared to wait a little while longer for the defender to make it, reports Inside Futbol. Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be a big admirer of the centre back, and he is prepared to stall over plans to buy Roma’s Mehdi Benatia in order to sign him.
Mangala has been linked with a move to Manchester ever since it emerged that the Premier League champions were interested in him and his former Porto teammate, Fernando. Whilst the midfielder has made the switch to England, however, Mangala is a little more reluctant.
City are prepared to part with €40 million for the player, and the contract offer that will be shown to him is likely to be big money, but the Etihad has so far failed in their attempts t lure Mangala to them.
On the other hand, a deal for Benatia could have been nearing completion by now, had City pursued the Moroccan international instead. The Roma defender is thought to be unsettled at his current club, and unhappy about a series of contract promises that have not been met.
However, the Italian giants are thought to be becoming frustrated with the Citizens following their delaying of a Benatia bid. Pellegrini has apparently been issued with a deadline by which he must decide if he will progress with a Benatia deal, and that deadline is thought to be July 21st.
For now, City continue to wait for Mangala to make up his mind. Should he decide to join the reigning English champions, then their interest in Benatia will disappear. Should Mangala decline the opportunity, then the Sky Blues are likely to launch a concrete bid for the Roma star.