By Aramide Oladipo
Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has agreed personal terms with Italian giants Inter Milan, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his personal website that the 26-year-old has “given his okay” to move to the San Siro this summer.
The report claims that the deal is far from complete as the Premier League side are not willing to sanction a loan move as they would prefer to offload the central defender on a permanent deal.
The Frenchman was involved in City’s opening Premier League victory against Brighton but he was an unused substitute.
Since securing a permanent move to Manchester three years ago, the centre-back has struggled to find consistency and hold down a regular place in the starting lineup.
New City boss Pep Guardiola sent him out on loan to La Liga side Valencia where he featured in 33 matches in all competitions and contributed with two goals in the process.
Mangala has 64 appearances for City during his short spell at the club.
The defender currently has two years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Football Insider verdict
Mangala has seriously failed to deliver during his spell in the Premier League. Having splashed out a reported fee of £32million on the defender, City would have expected to see more consistent performances but Mangala failed to impose himself and become a solid partner alongside club captain Vincent Kompany. It is highly unlikely that City are going to recoup the £32million spent on Mangala but they should try and negotiate a decent figure in order to let him leave the club on a permanent deal. A move would also be beneficial for the player as he is more likely to be involved on a regular basis with Inter Milan and therefore boost his chances of being selected for the France national team in next year’s World Cup in Russia.
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