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Valencia eye temporary deal for Man City defender Mangala

Valencia are pondering a loan swoop for Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala.

The French defender has fallen further down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola following the big-money arrival of John Stones from Everton and is likely to be given permission to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Reports suggest that Valencia are looking at the 25-year-old centre-back as a replacement for Shkodran Mustafi who is being targeted by Arsenal.

The possible departure of Germany international Mustafi has opened up a potential spot on Pako Ayestaran's defence and it is understood that Los Che's boss is eyeing a temporary swoop for Mangala.

The former Standard Liege star has failed to prove himself at City since his £32million move from FC Porto in 2014 and does not feature in the plans of Guardiola for 2016/17 and beyond.

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