Mangala joins Manchester City for $64m

Last updated 09:29 12/08/2014
Eliaquim Mangala
Reuters
FRANCE DEFENDER: Eliaquim Mangala.

Relevant offers

Football

Andrew Durante's plea to Phoenix fans: turn up and then turn on cricket Gui Finkler brace keeps Melbourne Victory in second place on A-League ladder Sydney FC relishing prospect of facing depleted Wellington Phoenix Off the ball work key for Team Wellington in ASB Premiership semifinals reach crescendo Crunch time for Waitakere Utd in ASB Premiership semi-finals All Whites skipper Winston Reid ruled out of South Korea clash with injury Premier League agrees to share $1.5bn of bumper TV deal outside the top flight Neymar and Luiz Gustavo help Brazil come from behind to beat France 3-1 in friendly Former England captain John Terry signs one-year contract extension with Chelsea Premier League clubs in profit for the first time in 15 years

France defender Eliaquim Mangala became Manchester City's most expensive signing of the off-season when he joined the English champions from FC Porto overnight for a reported fee of £32 million (NZ$64m).

Strengthening City's defence has been one of the priorities of manager Manuel Pellegrini, with the 23-year-old Mangala set to compete with Argentina international Martin Demichelis to partner Vincent Kompany at centre back.

''He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe's very best defender,'' said Pellegrini, who already has signed right back Bacary Sagna and goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

''Eliaquim is a player I believe will make an immediate impact in the Premier League, thanks to his physicality, his reading of the game and quality on the ball.''

City didn't disclose the cost of the transfer, but the reported fee would put Mangala on the list of the club's most expensive players, along with forwards Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Robinho.

Mangala, who has signed a five-year deal, came close to joining City in January, but didn't complete a move that was then earmarked for the off-season.

He was the sixth recruit since City clinched its second English Premier League title in May, after Sagna, Caballero and midfielders Fernando, Frank Lampard and Bruno Zuculini.

Mangala was in France's squad at the World Cup, but didn't play a game in the team's run to the quarterfinals. He has made three international appearances and has experience of playing in the Champions League.

''City is a top club in Europe,'' Mangala said.

''For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress. I want to win titles and I believe I can do this.''

City's defence struggled at times last season, especially early in the campaign and when Kompany was out injured. But it largely held firm in the run-in as City won its last five matches to overhaul Liverpool to the championship, and only Chelsea's defence conceded fewer in the top division.

It is another big return for Porto, the Portuguese club which paid Standard Liege £5.5m (NZ$11m) for Mangala in 2011.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content