Manchester City finally confirmed the signing of Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala on Monday in a deal which unofficially makes him the Premier League’s most expensive defender at £42.9m.
The 23-year-old has the potential to become one of Europe’s best according to City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who had been tracking the French international for some time.
Undeterred by his price tag which sees him become the world’s second most expensive defender behind Paris Saint-Germain’s David Luiz, Mangala admitted he was keen to make an impact in the biggest league in the biggest league in the world. Pellegrini meanwhile, also expressed his delight.
“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 defenders,” he told the club website.
The signing casts doubt over Matija Nastasic’s future at the Etihad Stadium, after he started in the champions’ 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday.
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