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City sign Mangala, Porto turn to Marcano

Published: Monday 11 August 2014, 16.34CET
France defender Eliaquim Mangala has joined Manchester City FC in a reported €40.1m move from FC Porto who have replaced him with FC Rubin Kazan's Iván Marcano.
City sign Mangala, Porto turn to Marcano
Eliaquim Mangala celebrates one of his two league goals last season ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Monday 11 August 2014, 16.34CET

City sign Mangala, Porto turn to Marcano

France defender Eliaquim Mangala has joined Manchester City FC in a reported €40.1m move from FC Porto who have replaced him with FC Rubin Kazan's Iván Marcano.

Manchester City FC have signed centre-back Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto for a reported €40.1m, with the Dragons bringing in FC Rubin Kazan's Iván Marcano as a replacement.

French international Mangala, 23, has penned a five-year contract with the Premier League champions and will be reunited with his former Porto team-mate Fernando, who made the same move earlier this summer.

The ex R. Standard de Liège defender – a winner of two Liga titles in three seasons in Portugal – told the City website: "The fact Fernando is here is better because I played with him at Porto, but there are also other players I know like [Bacary] Sagna, [Gaël] Clichy and [Samir] Nasri."

His spot in the Porto back line will be filled by Marcano, the 27-year-old arriving from Rubin for an undisclosed fee. In agreeing a deal running until 2018, he becomes the sixth Spaniard to join the Dragons this summer following the acquisition of goalkeeper Andrés Fernández, full-back José Angél, midfielder Óliver Torres and forwards Cristian Tello and Adrián López.

"I know Porto are one of the best clubs in Europe," said the one-time Real Racing Club, Villarreal CF, Getafe CF and Olympiacos FC player. "I know what awaits me and I am ready to help the team win more trophies."

Porto start their UEFA Champions League campaign in the play-offs against LOSC Lille, with City entering at the group stage.

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