By Tom Blackburn
Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is closing in on a loan move to Porto in a blow to Tottenham, according to a report.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claimed in their Tuesday edition that the Portugese giants are set to win the race to land the centre-back for the 2016-17 season.
This comes after the Daily Record claimed on Monday that Spurs and Porto both made offers to City to take the defender on a season-long loan.
It was said that City and Mangala are braced for further interest in the final days of the window from clubs in France, Italy and Spain, but O Jogo state that Porto have won the race.
The Record report that Mangala refused to leave City one year ago, but knows that he faces exclusion from Pep Guardiola’s Premier League squad list if he does not move this week.
City realise that they will have to take a large financial hit on a season loan but hope that further offers for the defender will allow them to reduce their contribution to the Frenchman’s salary.
French website France Football also claimed on Sunday that Porto are in the driving seat to secure a season-long loan for the centre-back before the window closes on Wednesday.
French outlet L’Equipe reported the day before that Mangala, 25, will be offloaded by the Premier League big hitters on loan with an option to purchase, and that Spurs were one of several clubs interested in the France international.
It was said that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had activated his French contacts to get information on Mangala and his state of mind.
The Argentine received positive feedback on the centre-back to persuade him to make a bid for a player.
Mangala has been a disappointment since joining City from Porto for £42million in the summer of 2014, but it was previously said that Pochettino was a fan of the France international.
He has played in 64 encounters during his two-year stay for the club, but he is now believed to be surplus to requirements after being left out of Pep Guardiola’s first four matches in charge.
The cash-rich club have also brought in John Stones for a mega £47.5million fee this summer, pushing Mangala further down the pecking order.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they make a loan-to-buy bid for a two-time Champions League winner.