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Eliaquim Mangala | Defensemen | #15

Team: Manchester City
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 179

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Manchester City outcast Eliaquim Mangala has emerged as a target for Premier League new boys Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez is said to be targeting a new centre-back and the 26-year-old, who has spent the season on-loan at Valencia, seems to fit the bill. The big defender made 47 Premier League starts under Manuel Pellegrini following his arrival from Porto for a reported £31.8m before Pep Guardiola deemed Mangala surplus to requirements at the beginning of 2016/17. United are hoping to force a deal through for £12m but City are pushing for closer to £16m, although the price tag won’t dissuade Newcastle following Mike Ashley’s promise that Benitez can spend all his Championship bounty – a sum believed to be in excess of £100m. Scotland international Grant Hanley is attracting interest from Derby County and Chancel Mbemba appears to be no more than a back-up leaving Jamaal Lascelles and the injury-prone Ciaran Clark as the only other recognised central defenders with Premier League experience. Wed, May 31, 2017 06:45:00 PM