Newcastle preparing bids for Manchester City duo

Date published: Friday 2nd June 2017 11:09 - Ian Watson

Eliaquim Mangala: Shock Tottenham target

Newcastle United are said to be interested in signing Manchester City duo Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando.

Both are available this summer as Pep Guardiola looks to overhaul his squad, with his recruitment having already started with the purchases of Bernardo Silva and Ederson.

Mangala spent last season on loan at Valencia after a poor debut season in the Premier League during 2015-16, and the Spanish side are interested in a permanent deal.

City chiefs are said to have met their Valencia counterparts to thrash out an agreement of around £14million plus add-ons, but the La Liga club have hesitated.

The Sun reports that Newcastle are keen to swoop in. Their story quotes a City source as saying: “Newcastle have shown a keen interest in Mangala, but Valencia are at the table.

“He is being allowed to leave. Valencia don’t want to pay the £20m City want for him though.

“A delegation flew in on Friday made up of the sporting director, general manager and future president.

“They were here trying to lower the price. Newcastle also want Fernando and are readying a bid for both.”

Fernando: Midfielder heading to the San Siro?

Fernando joined City in 2014 from Porto for around £12million but the midfielder made only 14 Premier League appearances under Guardiola last term. The Sun claims the 29-year-old is available for around £10million.

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