Mangala, a 22-year-old French defender, is touted as one of the best defensive prospects around Europe but has an extortionate fee of over €40 million which is a lot considering his price and experience. In comparison, Thiago Silva moved to PSG for €42 million when he was an established world-class centre back at his prime.
United had been keeping tabs on Mangala for months and had sent scouts out on multiple occasions to watch the pair in action but hadn’t followed that interest up just yet.
As for Fernando, City already have Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia and Jack Rodwell as well as Gareth Barry on loan. Why would they need another battling type of midfielder? United are in dire straits in terms of their midfield and Fernando would have been a great signing but instead, Fernando may choose the bigger pay day at City rather concentrate on just his football.
From a United perspective, the thought of City signing Mangala and Fernando is terrible as they fit the bill for what United’s first XI needs, but you can unfortunately see City hijacking both deals simply because they have the ability and funds to.