Eliaquim Mangala to Manchester City: Porto defender 'agrees' to join Premier League champions in €40 million deal - reports

The 23-year-old has reportedly decided to join Manuel Pellegrini's side after the two clubs agreed a fee

Eliaquim Mangala's proposed move to Manchester City looks set to go through after the FC Porto defender finally agreed to join the Premier League champions, according to reports.

Goal.com report the Portuguese giants have reportedly accepted an offer from Manchester City - believed to be in the region of €40 million (£31.8 million) - for the highly-rated centre-back and the deal will be announced once personal terms have been agreed.

Manchester City had grown frustrated with Mangala stalling over his decision to move after seeing their initial enquiry in January rejected.

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With Chelsea also rumoured to be in the hunt for the France international, they issued an ultimatum regarding his decision and reportedly lined up a bid for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia as a contingency plan.

However, it is thought the 23-year-old has finally decided to leave Porto three years after arriving from Standard Liege in a £6 million deal, and could follow Brazilian midfielder Fernando, who signed in June, from the Estadio do Dragao to Manchester.

Mangala could line up alongside ex team-mate Fernando, who joined Manchester City from Porto Mangala could line up alongside ex team-mate Fernando, who joined Manchester City from Porto  

Mangala is now set to join up with his new team-mates when he completes his post-World Cup holiday when the move is made official, with the highly-rated defender poised to sign a long-term contract.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been chasing a world-class central defender to add to his squad to partner captain Vincent Kompany, and Mangala has been top of the list of targets since last summer.

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