Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has joined Valencia on a two-year deal.

The financial terms of the transfer have not been disclosed.

A brief statement issued by Valencia read: "Valencia CF has reached an agreement with Eliaquim Mangala, whereby the French defender will become a Valencian player until June 30, 2021."

Valencia begin their LaLiga campaign at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Mangala joined City from Porto in August 2014 in a deal worth in the region of £42million, only for a succession of error-strewn displays to prevent him from becoming a regular first-team fixture under Manuel Pellegrini.

The 28-year-old returns to Mestalla, where he spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan before an unlikely and brief first-team return during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge at City.

His proposed move to Crystal Palace collapsed before injuries to John Stones and Vincent Kompany contributed to him making 15 appearances in all competitions during the first half of 2017-18.

A January loan move to Everton followed, which was ruined by a serious knee ligament injury in his second match.

Mangala did not feature for City as he underwent his recovery but signed a one-year contract extension until June 2020 in March this year.

The contract still needs signing but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is poised to make the biggest move of his career… if you believe reports.

Linked with Europe's biggest clubs last season, Lazio star Milinkovic-Savic is once again in demand heading into 2019-20.

And the Serbia international's future is reportedly already decided.



Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic has a verbal agreement to join Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.

With Paul Pogba's future at Old Trafford uncertain amid links to Real Madrid, Milinkovic-Savic has emerged as a transfer target for the Red Devils.

And Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic – who is reportedly rated at £80million – has agreed in principal to make the switch to Manchester as the world waits on Pogba's next move.


- Staying at Old Trafford and Manchester United are closing in on Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes. SPORT claims United are readying a £63m (€70m) offer for the 24-year-old Portugal midfielder. It comes after the Red Devils tried to continue their Portuguese pursuit with a move for Benfica defender Ruben Dias as an alternative to Leicester City star Harry Maguire but the club were unsuccessful, according to O Jogo.

- According to RMC, Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal is not a done deal. Lille star Pepe has been tipped to join the Gunners, however, Liverpool and Inter are reportedly still in the running to sign the Ivory Coast international.

Juventus are in pole position to sign Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku ahead of Serie A rivals Inter. That is according to Tuttosport, who say the possibility of a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala has put Juve at the front of the queue. Dybala is also wanted by Tottenham.

- Marca reports Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is interested in a move to Juventus. The Spanish newspaper says Eriksen – who has no intention of re-signing with Spurs – also likes Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, having been previously linked to Real Madrid.

- Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is set to undergo a medical with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Monday ahead of his €32m (£28.7m) transfer, reports the Guardian. Everton, meanwhile, reportedly had a £52m bid for Wilfried Zaha rejected by Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

- According to Turkish newspaper Star, Besiktas will make another attempt to sign Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala. The Frenchman has struggled to make an impact since arriving in 2014.

- Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning are unwilling to pay the transfer fee that Real Madrid are demanding for Gareth Bale, according to Marca. Bale was reportedly set for China but that move appears off… for now.

Atletico Madrid are growing pessimistic in their pursuit of Real Madrid's James Rodriguez. Atletico have emerged as frontrunners for James ahead of Napoli, however, negotiations with Madrid are proving difficult, reports Marca.

Real Madrid agreed to pay Porto €50million for defender Eder Militao on Thursday, meaning the Brazil international is the latest in a long list of players to break through at the Dragao and bring in a hefty transfer fee.

A number of clubs around Europe have forged reputations for their ability to sign players on the cheap, develop their talents and sell them on for huge profits.

Benfica, Sevilla and Southampton have all drawn acclaim for such an approach, but it is difficult to argue against Porto being the masters.

Militao, 21, only arrived in August for an initial figure reported to be around €4m from Sao Paulo, and yet he will leave as their biggest ever sale.

Below, we examine the other entries in Porto's top 10 biggest outbound transfers…


James Rodriguez – Monaco, €45m

Plucked from the relative obscurity of Banfield in Argentina, James really made a name for himself at Porto, resulting in Monaco flexing their financial muscle and bringing him to Ligue 1, where he continued to excel. An impressive 2014 World Cup with Colombia saw Real Madrid come calling, but things never quite worked out at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he has been hit and miss during a two-season loan at Bayern Munich.


Hulk – Zenit, €40m

Renowned as much for his likeness to Lou Ferrigno – who depicted the title character in the Incredible Hulk TV series – as he is for his footballing ability, the powerful forward took the road less travelled when joining Porto from Japan's Tokyo Verde. His cannon of a left foot proved a fine addition in Portugal, as he won a host of titles including the 2010-11 Europa League. Zenit came calling in 2012, and he has since moved on to Shanghai SIPG, who made him one of the world's highest-paid players.

Radamel Falcao – Atletico Madrid, €40m

Although not exactly prolific previously at River Plate, Falcao took to European football impressively, scoring 41 goals in 51 Primeira Liga appearances before leaving for Atletico in 2011. In LaLiga he remained lethal, but a move to Monaco was followed by dire loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea after a serious knee injury. He has since rediscovered his form in Ligue 1, scoring 51 times since the start of 2016-17.

Andre Silva – AC Milan, €38m

Portugal's next great attacking hope, Silva had just one full season – netting 16 league goals in that campaign – in Porto's first team before Milan paid €38m for him. He struggled badly in Serie A, however, scoring just twice in 24 league games and was subsequently loaned to Sevilla. With nine strikes from 25 LaLiga outings, it looks somewhat unlikely they will be triggering their €35m purchase option.

Jackson Martinez – Atletico Madrid, €37m

A harsh reminder that the grass is not always greener. Martinez's career nosedived after leaving Porto for Atletico in 2015, having scored 67 in 90 league games in Portugal. He was unable to adapt to life under Diego Simeone, like many other strikers, finding himself sold to Guangzhou Evergrande seven months later. Injuries ruined his time in China, but, back in Portugal again with Portimonense, he is showing signs of his old self in the Algarve.

Anderson – Manchester United, €32m 

Dubbed the ‘new Ronaldinho’ for his silky footwork and the fact he came through the same academy at Gremio, Anderson looked destined to have a marvellous career early on. A broken leg disrupted him at Porto, but that did not put United off and they parted with a whopping €32m to bring the 19-year-old to Old Trafford. He certainly had his moments and was a crowd favourite, but he was converted into a deep-lying midfielder and he struggled for consistency, often impressing in big games before looking sluggish against lesser opposition. Injuries and fitness problems have blighted his entire career and he now plays in the Turkish second tier. 

Danilo – Real Madrid, €31.5m 

Part of the revered Santos team that included Neymar, Ganso and Alex Sandro – among others – and won the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Danilo's reputation went from strength to strength at Porto, becoming a regular in the Brazil squad. He impressed so much in an attack-minded right-back role that Madrid made their move in 2015, though he never truly convinced there. Now at Manchester City, he is a dependable rotation option. 

Eliaquim Mangala – Manchester City, €30m 

During his three-year Porto spell, Mangala became one of Europe’s most sought-after centre-backs. City won the race to sign him, earning the Dragons a cool €30m, but he rarely looked the domineering presence he had been in Portugal once playing in the Premier League. A loan to Valencia failed to bring much of an improvement, as they finished 12th in LaLiga. He is expected to leave City – for whom he has not featured since January 2018 – at the end of the season.

Pepe – Real Madrid, €30m 

After impressing early in his career with Maritimo, Pepe became a key player at Porto and showed promise with his physicality, leadership and willingness to scrap. His first few years in Madrid were disrupted by injuries and doubts about his quality, but in the 2010-11 campaign he really established himself and never looked back, going on to win every major honour with Madrid – including three Champions League crowns – and becoming something of a club icon. Now 36, he is back at Porto having left financially troubled Besiktas in January.  

Manchester City have handed a one-year contract extension to Eliaquim Mangala despite the defender not featuring in Pep Guardiola's first-team plans.

Mangala last played a Premier League match for City in the December 2017 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

The French centre-back was then sent on loan to Everton, where he suffered a serious knee ligament injury in his second match.

The 28-year-old has not featured for City in any competition this season but recently returned to training and the club confirmed his terms had been extended beyond June 2019 in a short statement.

"Eliaquim Mangala has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Manchester City until 2020," it read.

Mangala joined City from Porto for a fee in the region of £42million in August 2014, but a succession of error-strewn displays meant he was unable to establish himself as a regular fixture under Manuel Pellegrini.

He spent the 2016-17 campaign – Guardiola's first at the helm – on loan at Valencia and his first-team return last season followed the collapse of a proposed switch to Palace and City centre-backs Vincent Kompany and John Stones suffering injury setbacks.

Overall, he has made 81 appearances during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

A decade on from Robinho's British-record arrival at Manchester City, the Premier League club have regularly made waves in the transfer market. 

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