€45m Manchester United & City target prefers move to Chelsea

€45m Manchester United & City target prefers move to Chelsea


Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who is one of the prime targets of Manchester United and Manchester City, prefers a move to Chelsea, according to reports from France. 

After spending three successful seasons at Porto, the 23-year-old defender is certain to leave the club this summer, with the Portuguese outfit already looking for a replacement.


Manchester City have tried to sign him before but the Premier League Champions were reluctant to match his buy-out clause, although they now seem willing to do. The problem is Mangala hasn’t given any definite answer yet and City have given him an unreported deadline to inform them before they move on.

City see Mangala as an ideal candidate to partner skipper Vincent Kompany but the French defender wants to join a club of greater stature, like Chelsea and Man Utd. 

The Times reported earlier this month that Manchester United new boss Louis van Gaal harbours concern over the player’s temperament and has shifted his focus elsewhere, with Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels is thought to be his primary target.

That leaves Chelsea in the best position to lure the defender to Stamford Bridge in the summer. After selling David Luiz to PSG, Mourinho is looking for a centre-back who’s very imposing and strong physically and also experienced enough to lead the back-line.

Furthermore, Mourinho shares a strong relationship with Jorge Mendes, who is the agent of the player, which enhances Chelsea’s chances of signing Mangala. The only problem is to convince the club hierarchies to trigger his release clause, especially after spending heavily on Costa and Fabregas.

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  1. Good luck to him. If his reasons for joining a club are down to where the club is located (no doubt its he art galleries, museums and theatres he is drawn to rather than clubs, bars and betting shops) then he is better of joining the also rans at motor mouth Mourinho Chelsea.

  2. He is a good defender. but I prefer mou to try the under21 defender andren christiansen

  3. I can’t wait to seeing mangala join the blues. A very strong physical and experience defender he is. This is what chelsea hv been missing all this while and this is the time to bring in this prolific defender

  4. The publishers and the article author here are a bunch of Fking morons, Manchester City are not chasing Mangala because they want Marquinhos from PSG.

  5. He is a strong defender whom we need for the team the blues must sign him before it is too late

  6. I think Mangala and Terry would be the best CB pairing for Chelsea this coming season. You would have the age and experience of John Terry who would be complimented by Mangala’s pace and agility. However, If Ramires does go to Real Madrid (which is very unlikely) and we fail in purchasing Modric. Could we use Mangala as a CDM to replace Ramires?

  7. mangala is an awesome defender bt the problem comes with the money can we triger that clause?

  8. Is not all about buy buy that this club should do. We have many young players on loan what is this club doing about them. Pls lets encourage the young chaps. Keep the money for one more striker

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