As Newcastle’s transfer window lurches from disaster to farce, Tuesday morning brings reports that an approach has been made for Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan.

Arriving from Porto for £35m in 2014, the French international was a semi-regular for two seasons before then going out on loan last season to Valencia.

It was assumed Mangala would leave last summer and indeed immediately after Newcastle won the Championship in May, it was reported that Rafa Benitez had met up with Manchester City Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, to discuss two possible summer transfers (see below).

The two players said to be Brazilian midfielder Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala, this of course at a time when it was quite rightly assumed that Mike Ashley would be backing Rafa Benitez with some Premier League level players to try and make sure of avoiding relegation…

However, Fernando instead joined Galatasaray for £4m and Mangala ended up staying at Man City, where he has made just four Premier League starts this season and a handful of sub appearances, including coming off the bench at St James Park when Newcastle lost 1-0 in December.

With the arrival of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, it is reported that Eliaquim Mangala has been told he can find another club on loan for the rest of the season, before presumably moving out for good in the summer.

Whilst Newcastle are desperate for more goals, The Mail and others are saying that Rafa Benitez has now gone back to Manchester City for Mangala.

Newcastle only have one of their permitted loan deals from a Premier League club remaining but I suppose it is possible that Rafa will be just grateful to add another Premier League level player in whatever position, after missing out on Daniel Sturridge on Monday and the club seemingly unable/unwilling to properly compete for strikers with any kind of a pedigree.

The Mag – 11 May 2018:

Rafa Benitez has met up with Manchester City Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, to discuss two possible summer transfers, according to reports this morning.

In an ideal world, the Newcastle boss was always going to want a number of players with Premier League experience to help give a firm base for a return to the top tier.

The two players in question are Brazilian midfielder Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala, the French defender.

The report in The Mail says that the United boss is interested in a number of players Manchester City might make available this summer – but that these initial talks have concerned Mangala and Fernando.

As always, Manchester City have more players than they know what to do with and both these alleged Newcastle targets were signed in summer 2014 well before Pep Guardiola took over.

French international Mangala is now 26 and has spent this season on loan at Valencia where he has made 28 La Liga starts so far, the Spanish side said to be not interested in triggering the option to make the move permanent.

With no Champions League football next season and the resulting finances, little surprise that the La Liga team (currently 13th) aren’t buying Mangala.

He cost around £35m three years ago when arriving from Porto and whilst any fee would be well below that figure, it would still be a massive amount for a Spanish club relying on the relatively meagre TV deal for most La Liga clubs.

Mangala made 47 Premier League starts in his first two years at Man City and will be hoping to make a return to the French national squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia. He was a squad member at the 2016 Euro Finals making one sub appearance in the 5-2 win over Iceland but has only featured on the bench for France once (November 2016) since then.

As for Fernando, he turns 30 in July and is very much on the sidelines at the Etihad, starting only five Premier League games this season and none since December.

With only three sub appearances in the league this calendar year, there is clearly no future for the Brazilian, as Guardiola is sure to make further massive investment in the squad this summer, as they face a struggle to even qualify for the Champions League this season.

Making 22 Premier League starts in his first season at Manchester City and then 17 last year, his influence has faded with time at the club.

He also was signed from Porto in summer 2014 but for a much lower £12m fee, almost a snip where Man City are concerned.

With only four Premier League goals in his three seasons in the Premier League, any potential interest in Fernando wouldn’t be as a creator/scorer of goals – more as possibly playing alongside the likes of Jonjo Shelvey.

As always, sorting out what is credible in these media reports is always a tricky one, especially as the profile of many reported Newcastle United targets is going to be players at Premier League clubs who are currently struggling for regular football.

  • JonMag

    this tells you that Rafa can`t even trust his defence now, Lejeune looks like another £8m flop, Clark hasn`t been able to step up his game from last year.
    FCB will be scoffing down brekkie happy to see that the papers are devoid of strikers being linked to the club.
    another fine mess Lee

    • JonMag

      if the Spanish Donkey`s 1st choice to lead the line tomorrow we`re as good as relegated.

    • Kneebotherm8

      This is on the assumption that this is a true story…………it’s probably a load of bollox…just like most of the transfer deals we’ve heard about………

  • Steve

    As long as he can hit the back of the……oh

  • GeordieZebra

    Please God, no. Wrong end of the pitch and below average. Kill me now.

  • Mitros gotta start

    We will need cover when the fat slugs helicopter heads to london on wednesday with our captain

    • Jezza

      Precisely. You have hit the nail on the head. If the club are genuinely pursuing this move for a centre half it can only mean one thing.

      • JonMag

        could well happen

      • mentalman

        it could mean apart from the captain, rafa doesn’t rate the other options in that position

        • Jezza

          Highly unlikely. Ashley would not sanction a move for a player unless somebody was being sold.

          • mentalman

            who was sold to make room for Kenedy

          • Jezza

            Kenedy was the one token loan signing Ashley reluctantly allowed Rafa to make this window. Any more signings will depend on players being sold.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Kennedy should have been there at the beginning of the season….as was widely speculated at the time……too little,too late…..chancer gambler Ashley strikes again..

  • robbersdog

    He’s average; even on a good day, he’s no better than the centre-halves already at our club. We don’t need him.

    We need a centre-forward and I thought we had £20m to spend on one. To think – I actually believed that sh*t!

    • Mitros gotta start

      Aye…..fatty got you again!

    • JonMag

      i think he is better than what we have

      • Mitros gotta start

        Would rather have titus bramble back

        • Jezza

          I’d rather have Titus Bramble back as striker. He was a far better finisher than Joselu.

    • grantham mag

      Should be £40m, o FA cup bonus to paid, Ah well we can only dream coz there’s nowt else left.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Saw him at SJP I think in Pardew’s last season and even Perez was running rings round him !!!

    • Kneebotherm8

      I remember when a half fit Aarons skinned him down at City in the league cup a couple of seasons ago,we beat them 2 zilch.

  • ghostrider

    A loan for a defender. Hahahahahaha.

    • Mitros gotta start

      Also means we cant loan a forward as we will have 2 loans already….well not from the premier league anyway

      • ghostrider

        I’d seriously laugh if we loaned Mangala.
        I’ll just accept all of it as mere speculation until the window closes.

      • Jezza

        Signing this defender on loan will undoubtedly be rolled out as the perfect excuse for not being able to get a striker on loan but the thing is we were never going to get a striker this window either permanently or on loan anyway. Strikers are the most costly players and Ashley was never going to sanction dipping into the profits to fund the signing of a decent one. The sad reality is that there were only ever two strikers Ashley had any intention of doing transfer deals for this window. Gayle and Mitrovic.

    • mus

      hope he gets loads of goals!

  • thewildchimp

    Well, I honest to God hope that Rafa didn’t play Mitro in the Chelsea game because he was preparing him for Wednesday, otherwise we’re pretty much done. Or maybe disguise Gazza as him, he said he would be willing to have a crack!

  • Wor Lass

    It`s funny how you forget reality and get sucked into a fantasy world. I honestly thought, at one point, “Even Fatty must realise that without a half decent goal scorer we`re as good as dead. Surely, he`s going to protect his investment this time and shell out to stay in the PL!”. Well, I think there`s more chance of Theon Greyjoy getting his end away than that happening now.

    • Jezza

      I always believed Ashley would prefer to gamble on Rafa keeping us up with what he’s got rather than dip into the profits to strengthen the squad.

  • Desree

    I love how the Chronicle reports every transfer window ‘everyone is working really hard behind the scenes’

    Doing what?

    • 1957

      More to the point who is ‘everyone’, I can’t see where a team of people are needed to negotiate a transfer, just Lee and his fax machine.

      • Desree

        Ask the Charnley apologists

      • TheFatController

        Yep, the fax machine that jams when trying to send a bid of over £15m.

        ‘Check again at your end….?’

        ‘No, nothing here yet.’

        • Peaky Magpie

          Penfold will be away helping Pedro doing some gardening today…..big garden mind you…..Kielder…

      • Gallowgate1982

        ridiculous comment…Mike Ashley would never sanction the purchase of such modern technology never mind the rolls of paper it would need

    • Kneebotherm8

      Sitting with their fingaas up their a$$es as far as I can see………..their results speak for themselves..

    • Jezza

      At this moment in time frantically trying to sell one of our first team players for something like 15 million quid.

      • FatParosite

        And the rest….

        Spot the Freudian slip on this Comical article too:

        We understand Belgian Champions are looking to seal a reunion with NUFC forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

        Newcastle will only allow him to leave if they sell a replacement.

    • Dillon Tovak

      There is a chimp at computer palming a keyboard that randomly generates rumours.
      Hit the circle and it selects – striker. Hit the triangle and it selects – Benteke. Hit the square and it selects – £9.5m. Hit the space bar and it leaks to the press.

      • Desree

        They have an article 5 signings that could happen. No5 is no one. Even Ryder is over being a Charnley apologist!

    • Peaky Magpie

      Chronic too busy printing over the top articles about Kenedy and how wonderful he thinks everything is ….

    • molend

      Playing rummy. (Morecambe and Wise Frankenstein sketch)

    • Shipcote Willy

      Its arduous looking up which excuse to use in the Pardew excuse book he left behind when he escaped.

  • 1957

    A centre half on loan can mean only one thing, at least one of the present lot is leaving. It won’t be Lejeune or Clark since Benitez bought them so to me Mbemba and Lascelles are the prime candidates as well as probably the most value.

    In fact given the recent games with Dummett in the centre, we will probably get rid of both, that would really be impressive on the balance sheet, two transfer fees in and only loan fees paid out

    • HarryHype59

      I have a feeing it would be Lascelles as he is the biggest potential cash generator.

      • FatParosite

        I could see Ashley being that dumb.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Didn’t Chelsea make discreet enquiries last season Harry ? I’m sure I heard that somewhere.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Lascelles has too much of a brain to waste precious years of his career as a bench warmer.
          Obviously if they were going to start him he’d be off in a flash, and why wouldn’t you?

    • Paul Patterson

      Why do you think this?
      Has it happened before?

  • Shipcote Willy

    Pep says he is staying ,so forget it

  • Colin Brumwell

    This bloke will make Lejeune look like Beckenbauer