Late last night it was confirmed Manchester City were going to be active participants on Jim White day aka the last day of the transfer window.
The players in question are Porto pair Fernando Reges (pictured above) and highly rated Eliaquim Managala. Fernando is 26 year old Brazilian and has been a Porto player since 2007. Since his move to Porto he has won a trophy in every single year, winning the Portuguese League 4 times out of 5 and was as always, an integral part of the Porto team that won the Europa League under Andre Villas Boas in 2011.
Given that Manchester City are well stocked in the center of midfield it is perhaps surprising that they are looking to add another defensive midfielder to their ever impressive pile. However, Javi Garcia who has failed to settle at Man City is said to be a part of the deal that will see him essentially switch places with Fernando - as reported by the Manchester Evening News.
With Fernando's contract running out in June, Manchester City are hoping to secure the transfer of a highly regarded player on a cheap deal. Fernando has been quite wily in engineering a move to Man City, at the beginning of the season he was all set for a £15 million move to Everton until the move broke down under acrimonious circumstances.
Something like that does not seem to phase Mangala. Similarly to Fernando, Mangala has won a trophy in every single season he has been a professional footballer, stemming from his days at Standard Liege to now at Porto.
As well as being a highly regarded defender, Mangala is very capable down the other end. He has 7 goals in 39 appearances so far. Furthermore, he recently won his first cap for France in 2013.
If Mangala becomes a Man City player, it will close the door on Joloen Lescott's Man City career, opening the door for a move to West Ham.