Pqremier League side, Newcastle have reportedly stepped up their interest in Manchester City defender, Eliaquim Mangala as the end of transfer window draws closer.
The French International has been kept on the bench for the majority of his 3years at the Etihad stadium after completing a £32 million transfer from FC Porto in 2014.
He had some game time in 2015/16 Premier League season but performed below standard and has since then struggled to get a consistent run of matches after returning from his loan to Valencia in 2017/18.
He featured in 30 league games for the Spanish side in 2016/17, it was expected that he will be signed permanently but somehow, he found himself in Manchester again where his future is now under serious threats.
Injuries to former Everton defender, John Stones and Club captain, Vincent Kompany at different times two seasons ago saw him return to the starting line-up for some games although his inconsistency and repeating errors led to loud disinterest in him from the club fans.
With the arrival of new signing Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao and Argentine, Nicolas Otamendi alongside regular starter John Stones and Vincent Kompany at the center of City’s defense, it is evident that the competition for places will be even tougher and it is most likely the 26-year old will be shipped off to another club.
Newcastle seemed to be in a pole position to capitalize on the several options of City but we are yet to be sure if this will materialize before the end of the transfer window in few hours.