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Porto set to complete signing of Eliaquim Mangala

Porto are edging closer to completing the signing of French centreback Eliaquim Mangala.

The 28-year old, who played for Porto for 3 years between 2011 and 2014, didn't play a single senior game last season at Manchester City, having fallen down the pecking order. 

Porto originally sold the French international to City for a fee in the region of 30 million euros in the summer of 2014, and he went on to play 79 matches for the English champions.

However, with heavy investment under Pep Guardiola, Mangala is surplus to requirements, and Porto, in need of increased depth at centreback with the sale of Eder Militão and Felipe, are to take advantage of his availability.

An agreement for Mangala, who has played for France 8 times, is understood to have already been reached between the clubs, and all that awaits is the medical.

Should no issues be identified, the signing could be completed in a matter of days.

Ricardo Costa could return to Porto

Experienced centreback Ricardo Costa could be one of a number of players brought to Porto next season. 

The 38-year old has just come off a season of captaining Tondela, leading his side to a narrow escape from relegation.

Costa previously left Porto 12 years ago at the age of 26, when he departed the Portuguese giants to join Wolfsburg after spending 6 seasons with the Dragons.

Indeed, since he last left Porto, he has played for 7 different teams from across the continent, from Germany to Spain and Switzerland to Greece. He even had a brief stint in Qatar for Al Sailiya.

However, according to the latest edition of A Bola, Costa could now be set for a surprise return to his former side, who are short of centrebacks after the departure of Eder Militão and Felipe to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively.

It is unclear whether he would be part of the senior side or the B team, the latter a logical option which would offer the younger players in the side a terrific leader and mentor.

Costa has played for Portugal 22 times in total - his last appearance for his country coming in 2014 in a 1-0 home loss to Albania in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.