Newcastle United want to sign Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala this summer and are willing to pay £15 million for the France international, according to The Guardian.
Rafa Benitez led the Tyneside outfit straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking in 2016-17, with the Magpies confirming their status as Championship winners on the last day of the regular season.
Newcastle are expected to hand their manager a sizeable transfer budget this summer in order to make the north east side competitive upon their return to the top flight of English football.
Mangala is not in Pep Guardiola’s plans at City and spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Spanish side Valencia, making 30 La Liga starts and scoring twice.
The report suggests that the Etihad Stadium side are ready to offload the 26-year-old enforcer this summer and a move to Newcastle could be on the cards.
Mangala made 48 appearances for City over two seasons in the Premier League and at times looked like an imposing defender with excellent physical attributes.
However, the Frenchman’s no-nonsense approach clearly does not appeal to Guardiola, who wants his centre-halves to be comfortable on the ball.
Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark were Newcastle’s first-choice centre-halves throughout 2016-17 but a new defender’s arrival at St James’ Park would not be a shock this summer.
Valencia are also believed to be interested in keeping Mangala permanently.