Palace make £23m Mangala bid; West Brom also interested

Date published: Thursday 31st August 2017 9:25 - Joe Williams

Crystal Palace have made an offer of £23million for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to reports.

Mangala has been out of favour since Pep Guardiola joined the club at the beginning of last season – making 23 appearances in the Premier League.

And the BBC claims that Palace are confident that the bid will be accepted after seeing offers rejected for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho. However, the report suggests that a deal is unlikely.

Meanwhile, the BBC‘s David Ornstein reports that West Brom are also interested in Mangala as a possible replacement for Jonny Evans if they allow the Northern Ireland international to leave.

“With City looking to sign Evans and the Northern Ireland defender keen to move to Etihad Stadium, that deal would appear straightforward,” Ornstein said.

“However, it is complicated by Mangala indicating he would prefer a move to Inter Milan and the likelihood of that has increased since Inter’s move for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi broke down.

“Mustafi’s representatives also held talks with Juventus, only for the Italians to sign his Germany team-mate Benedikt Howedes on loan from Schalke.

“Mustafi will therefore stay at Arsenal – a situation that suits neither him nor them – and that means the Gunners dropping their own interest in Evans, who is also a target for Leicester City.

“Meanwhile, aside from the unchanged Alexis Sanchez situation, the only significant departure from Arsenal is set to see striker Lucas Perez leave just a year after joining from Deportivo La Coruna.”

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