Man City forced to sell if Mangala deal goes through

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini must make room in his squad for imminent signing Eliaquim Mangala.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini must make room in his squad for imminent signing Eliaquim Mangala.

The Mail on Sunday says City are close to signing £32million French defender Mangala, further breaking the quota on overseas players permitted in a Premier League squad.

He will be City’s fourth foreign signing and that means Pellegrini must cut some of his existing foreigners.

Mangala follows the arrivals of £12m Brazilian midfielder Fernando, also from Porto, Frenchman Bacary Sagna on a free from Arsenal and Malaga’s Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Clubs are limited to 17 overseas players over 21 who haven’t come through English academies and Mangala is City’s 19th.

 
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