Monday August 11th, 2014

Manchester City has acquired French defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto, according to an announcement from the team

According to The Guardian, the transfer fee is around £32 million ($53 million). Mangala, 23, played for France in the 2014 World Cup.

Mangala said leaving Porto is an important step in his career. From Manchester City's release:

Mangala said: “City is a top club in Europe. For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress. I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here."

His transfer to Manchester City has been rumored since January, but a potential deal was never finalized at the time.

Manchester City announced earlier this month English midfielder Frank Lampard will join the club on loan from MLS side New York City FC.

More: Report: Manchester City to pay all of Frank Lampard's salary

- Paul Palladino

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