Manchester City plan to beat Chelsea to Lyon defender
The France Under-21 international has been attracting plenty of transfer request with
also said to be monitoring his progress.
However, according to
, the Citizens could get a headstart over their rivals as they are prepared to offer Mangala in a part-exchange deal for Diakhaby in January.
Mangala had been widely tipped to leave the Etihad in the summer, but the Citizens' failure to sign
from West Bromwich Albion eventually saw him stay put in Manchester.
Diakhaby has been sparingly used in the Lyon first-team this term, but he has nevertheless captured the attention owing to his impressive ability in the air.
's side have been hugely dependent on
to perform the centre-back duties this term with skipper
still to recover from his recurrent calf injury.