Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 11
And so Manchester City’s preseason ends. Preparations which began in Scotland in mid-July and were followed by a tour across the US, culminated in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at Wembley in the Community Shield. Their next match away at Newcastle is by no means a friendly; it represents the start of their title defence.
And with the transfer window still open, there could still be deals done to reshape their squad, with potential incomings and outgoings in the offing. Manuel Pellegrini, desperate to build on his successful first season in charge, will be keen to fine-tune his group of players between now and the transfer window slamming shut at the end of the month.
Here we take a look at all the news and rumours surrounding City this week.
Last updated: Tuesday August 12
Mangala's Arrival Means the End for Nastasic?
According to a report by Stuart Brennan in the Manchester Evening News, the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala to Manchester could mean the end of Matija Nastasic's City career.
The 21-year-old struggled for form and fitness last season, and when he did play he did little to suggest to Manuel Pellegrini he was a player capable of being a long-term success.
It was a totally different story to his first season. He impressed throughout the 2012/13 campaign, with a string of assured, quality performances.
Mangala's arrival, though, casts serious doubts on his future at the club.
Mangala Deal Close?
According to a Press Association report in The Guardian, City look set to finally end their chase for Porto and France international defender Eliaquim Mangala early this week.
City's interest in Mangala goes as far back as January, when a deal to bring him to the Etihad collapsed at the final hurdle, according to BBC Sport.
However, after comments made by Pellegrini to BT Sport on Sunday, it seems the club may finally get their man in the coming days.
Pellegrini told BT Sport: "Some papers are maybe missing but we continue having interest in the player, he wants to come so we will see what happens in the week."