Manchester City will finally complete the £31.8 million signing of Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala in the coming days, Goal has learned.
The Premier League champions are hopeful Mangala will land in the north west of England to put pen to paper on Monday, with Porto ready to announce the move to the stock exchange.
As revealed by Goal, the France international had been in Manchester on July 12 to complete his medical and finalise the transfer, but no announcements have since been made by either club.
City mistakenly posted a video interview with the 23-year-old at the end of July, in which he confirmed his medical at Bridgewater hospital, before removing the content from their official website.
But with Mangala now back from his post-World Cup holiday, the club are hopeful they can finally make the signature official and complete their final major piece of transfer business this summer.
Earlier in the window Bacary Sagna arrived on a free transfer from Arsenal, goalkeeper Willy Caballero was brought in from Malaga and Porto midfielder Fernando signed for £12m.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side had tried to sign both Mangala and Fernando in the January transfer window but Porto stood firm, and in the case of the central defender even blocked his rights holders from sanctioning a deal below the club’s asking price.
City’s summer spending has been restricted by Uefa’s Financial Fair Play penalties, with the club able to avoid a £49m fine if their outlay is restricted to the same amount and wages remain at the same level as the 2013-14 season.