Why Manchester City should offload Eliaquim Mangala
According to the Sun, Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has attracted interest from Serie A outfit Inter Milan. The French centre-back has not played since picking up a knee injury against Everton in February last season.
He has since worked his way up to speed but Pep Guardiola is yet to use the centre-back in a game this season. The report suggests that newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers are also interested in making a move for the former FC Porto defender.
Given the current circumstances that surround Mangala, Manchester City should definitely choose to let go of their star when the transfer window opens in January. Pep Guardiola purchased Aymeric Laporte this January and the French defender has since gone on to regularly feature under the manager.
He has played every single league game for the Champions this season and is one of the few players who is rotation proof at the moment. Laporte was brought in to replace long-standing captain Vincent Kompany, who has been suffering from his own injury problems in recent times.
Guardiola has predominantly used a Laporte-Stones partnership at the back and has rotated between Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany in order to keep all four fresh. This means that Mangala will be the fifth choice in the current pecking order in the defensive department.
Since making a £31.9million move from the Portuguese outfit, Mangala has struggled to make a significant impact at the Etihad Stadium. He is often far too susceptible to mistakes and is sloppy on the ball. The 27-year-old seems to be affected by the huge pressure placed on him as well.
As a result, the French defender was shipped out on loan spells to Valencia and Everton in the last two years, although they were not the most fruitful moves. Manchester City should definitely offload the defender if they receive a solid bid from another club.
At this moment, they have no need for a fifth choice centre-back and given that Mangala will be out of contract in the summer, City should aim to offload him in a cut-price deal in January or they could risk losing their star for free in the summer.
Parting ways would benefit both parties considering the scenario. A new club would give Mangala renewed hopes of resurrecting his career from the dead and Manchester City will also be able to recoup some of the money they spent on his transfer.