By Derek Smithson
Newcastle are set to submit a bid for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim that the Magpies will make a £12million offer “in the coming days” for the 26-year-old.
It is understood that the north-east club will give him “substantial wages” and are boosted by the fact that Man City are set to have a huge overhaul in their squad this summer.
The report details that Pep Guardiola’s side are likely to want closer to £16million for their French centre-back, but Rafael Benitez is confident of securing a deal at a lower price.
Man City spent a mega £32million for Mangala back in 2014 and are set to suffer a considerable loss.
The defender was loaned out to Valencia for the whole of last season and does not feature in Guardiola’s plans going forward.
Newcastle already have the likes of Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba as centre-back options for next season, but the addition of Mangala would be seen as a big statement by the club.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle could do with a marquee defensive signing ahead of their Premier League return next year and Mangala has the qualities to be just that. His move to the Etihad Stadium has not worked out perfectly and he doesn’t fit into their future plans, but he could still yet be a success in the Premier League. Mamadou Sakho arrived at Crystal Palace in the second half of last season and dragged them away from a relegation battle, something that Mangala has the potential to do with Newcastle. Benitez is looking to build a team that can be around mid-table next year and £12million could be a smart piece of business for the Man City player.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are planning a £4million move for a Serie A goalkeeper.