It looks like the double deal to bring in Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando before 11pm will not happen, according to James Ducker of The Times. The football correspondent confirmed that Man City had told reporters that they dont plan on letting anyone leave the club or bringing in new players. However although the two Porto players both remain transfer targets and the club are likely to make bids in the summer to further strengthen their squad. Writing on Twitter Ducker said:
saying they'll be no ins or outs. Mangala/Fernando deal won't happen in this window although I suspect something might in summer
Reports this morning speculated that the mega-rich club might try to bring in both players today. Pundits were expecting the cost could have been as much as £50 million for the pair. Mangala is a centre-half and has been identified as an important player to help alleviate the defensive problems that the team has suffered this year. Meanwhile Fernando would offer more competition to players such as Fernandinho in the middle of the park. Manager Manuel Pelligrini has so far decided to not sign any players during the January transfer window and it looks as if that will stay the same. Few could argue that the Premier League leaders need much strengthening though. What do you think of Man Citys transfer business during January? Do you think they can still win the league without bringing in any new players? Let us know in the comments.
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