Crystal Palace should consider making a move for Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City and Javier Hernandez of West Ham United battle for possession during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the...

Manchester City ready to offload the French defender on loan. Crystal Palace should make a move to buy him.

Edimilson Fernandes of West Ham United attempts to cross as Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City attempts to block during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United...

According to the Times, Manchester City are looking to offload French defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan before the transfer window closes.

The 26-year-old joined Manchester City in 2014 from Porto for around £32 million, as reported by BBC, but failed to justify his high price-tag.

He joined Valencia on loan last season, where he made a decent impression, making 30 La Liga appearances for Los Che.

Eliaquim Mangala #15 of Manchester City and Vincent Janssen #9 of Tottenham watch a ball during the second half of the 2017 International Champions Cup Presented by Heineken at Nissan...

Valencia wanted to make his move permanent with a £14 million offer, but City were looking at a figure around £18-20 million, as reported by The Sun.

However, with only a week remaining for the transfer window to slam shut, City are looking to offload him, preferably on loan, with Inter Milan interested.

With this in mind, Crystal Palace should make a move for him, even if they can't take him on loan having already brought in Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The Eagles reportedly wanted Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool, but the Reds’ asking price was way too much for them.

Eliaquim Mangala #15 and Raheem Sterling #7 congratulate Brahim Diaz #55 of Manchester City after he scored a goal during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at...

French international Mangala looked in good shape at Valencia, and he will represent a fantastic signing for any lower mid-table club, whilst also coming at a cheaper price than Sakho.

Given that Palace have used their two loan spots, they may not be able to meet City's preferred terms, but having been frugal in the market this summer - and with City seemingly not convinced by Mangala anyway - Palace could stand to make a bid to sign Mangala permanently. The move makes sense for all parties involved, allowing Mangala to play regularly, strengthening Palace's defence and getting him off City's wage bill.

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