Man City in negotiations with Galatasaray over sale of out-of-favour defender Eliaquim Mangala

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Manchester City’s out-of-favour centre-back Eliaquim Mangala has been linked with a move to Turkish Super Lig giants Galatasaray.

According to the daily Turkish sports paper Fanatik, Galatasaray have been in talks with Mangala’s agent and Man City in recent weeks.

The Lions are keen to bolster their defensive options after deciding to sell Serdar Aziz. The Turkey international has been removed from the Galatasaray squad after faking an illness to secretly travel to the Maldives for a holiday with his wife.

Fanatik goes onto state that Galatasaray are planning to sign Mangala on loan until the end of the season. The Istanbul giants are keen on avoiding a loan-fee and will partially cover the France international’s wages.

Mangala’s contract with Man City expires at the end of the season. The 27-year-old spent last season on loan with Everton and has made just three appearances for Man City’s reserve side this term.

The 27-year-old made the move to Man City from FC Porto back in August 2014 for £25 million. However, Mangala has failed to secure a spot in Man City’s squad following the appointment of Pep Guardiola.