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Report: Porto end interest in Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala

Report: Porto end interest in Mangala
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A report claims that Porto have ended their pursuit of Eliaquim Mangala because of concerns over his fitness, combined with Manchester City's hefty valuation.

Porto will reportedly not push ahead with plans to re-sign Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City because of concerns over his physical condition.

The France international recently emerged as a rumoured target for the Primeira Liga giants, who had him on their books between 2011 and 2014.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims that Porto have now decided to look elsewhere for a new central-defensive option, though, as they are unsure whether the 28-year-old can return to peak fitness.

Mangala picked up a serious knee ligament injury while on loan with Everton in February 2018 and has not played first-team football since.

Porto were supposedly asked to pay £42m for the defender - £8m more than they sold him to Man City for five years ago - and they do not consider that a wise investment given his injury issues.

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