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Manchester City Look To Wrap Up Mangala Signing – Why Manuel Pellegrini Must Go About His Transfer Business Carefully

Manchester City are believed to be in advanced talks to sign Eliaquim Mangala from Porto. The fee is in the region of £32million, according to BBC Sport.

If the deal does go through, Mangala would be City’s fourth signing of the summer and their second from Porto. The 23-year-old was a member of France’s World Cup squad, although he did not feature for Les Bleus in Brazil. Mangala did, though, feature in 32 games for Porto last season. In that time he scored five goals and created one, which are impressive statistics for a defender.

Manchester City will be looking to improve on last season’s Champions League campaign but, due to the financial fair play sanctions from UEFA, Pellegrini may have a problem naming his squad for the competition. City can only name 21 players, five of which must be homegrown. The Premier League also has a homegrown rule that City are struggling to comply with. This states that clubs can name a maximum of 25 players with at least eight being homegrown. As it stands, City currently have 17 players who are not deemed homegrown. 

In the Champions League next season we could see the likes of Micah Richards, Derek Boyata and John Guidetti in City’s squad. Signing Mangala could signal the end for one of the other first-team players in order to comply with the homegrown quota. At present, City currently have eight players who are classed as homegrown: Derek Boyata, Gael Clichy, Joe Hart, James Milner, Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Richard Wright. However, Sinclair, Richards and Rodwell are transfer targets for other clubs due to their lack of first-team action at the Etihad Stadium last season. 

City are restricted to a net spend of £49 million as a result of the financial fair play sanction. Having already spend £12 million on Fernando and £4.4 million on Willy Caballero, Mangala could possibly be City’s last major summer signing.

More Tackles Than Carrick: Manchester United Linked With Ex Manchester City Midfielder, But What Could He Offer?

Manchester United were accused of having a bit of a limp midfield last season, with Marouane Fellaini providing the only bit of aggression of the central players. Michael Carrick can rake the ball all over the pitch for 90 minutes and Tom Cleverley can make sideways passes, but neither will get in amongst the tackles or make life difficult for the opposition. Perhaps that’s the reason why they are being linked with this former Manchester City battler.

Nigel De Jong is one of football’s most notorious hard men and his high boot on Xabi Alonso is now one of the most famous challenges.

He isn’t the most technically-blessed player on the planet, but he is a nightmare to play against. He will hassle opponents in the middle of the pitch and make niggly tackles to make life awkward, and although it can lead to needless bookings, it is very effective for his team-mates.

Last season he played 33 Serie A games for AC Milan and made 91 interceptions, which is 11 more than Carrick managed. He also made more tackles, completed a higher percentage of his passes, though he gave away nearly four times as many fouls.

The free kicks that he concedes is just a small price to pay for a player like De Jong, who could really make a difference in the middle of the park at Old Trafford.

He Would Unleash Ramsey: Why Arsenal Should Take A Punt On This Free Defensive Midfielder

Gareth Barry is a player who does what he needs to do. Nothing more. He’s a solid player who has never had the glitz and glamour of a football player attached to him, but has sculpted a successful career at the top of the game. Now, as his contract at Manchester City draws to a close, I would suggest that Arsenal take a punt on the free transfer.

Having played 653 games in the English top tier, Barry, for me, is one of the most underrated English midfielders in the game. His performances for Everton last season proved that.

If he was to join Arsenal, he would provide a defensive shield with Mathieu Flamini and allow the likes of Aaron Ramsey to get forward without worrying about their defensive duties so much.

Last season with the Toffees Barry formed a solid partnership with James McCarthy, playing 32 league games, making 86 tackles, 79 clearances and completing 87% of his passes.

For me it makes sense and would involve very little risk.

Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini – The Engineer

With Roberto Mancini just a faint memory now, City have looked towards a not-so-but-maybe unorthodox choice in leadership in the form of Manuel “The Engineer” Pellegrini. To give a brief history of the man 59-year-old was born in Santiago, Chile and spent the entire days of his playing career with one club, Univerisdad Chile, 13 years playing for the Chilean side he then went on to manage them for a further three years. Now this incredible loyalty shown by Pellegrini, goes a long way in football and a long way in describing his personality, humble, reserved and tactical.

Although on a not so Chelsea scale of chaos, there has always been a sense of instability at Manchester City, whether it was the madcap adventures of Mario Balotelli that made it seem this way, the uncertain uncertainty of City has always been there, even after the young Italian left. It was the older, shrewder authority of a certain Italian that seemed to disjoint and unravel City in this past season. Roberto Mancini was by the end of his reign a spent force, his FA cup and English Premier League trophy didn’t help him convince the owners he was their man and after all the short comings in all competitions, he was inevitably sacked.

A certain word to sum up City’s season would be lacklustre, lacklustre at best, yes second in the premier league is far from a failure, but the performances that got them there were by the their standards, bad. An FA cup final defeat to Wigan summed it up and ushered in a new era, with the man dubbed “The Fixer” being chosen as the leader to bring success, his calm demure got him through a scathing, ill-fated spell time at Madrid and his time at Villarreal and most recently Malaga have put his knack of taking the shaky wheel of a club and steading the to a degree of success. His time at Malaga will serve him well with dealing with oil rich owners, although Manchester City’s might not be as volatile, there is a common theme between the two cubs, money equals power and where there’s money there’s expectation. Pellegrini, I feel is the man to take City forward. 

By Michael King