Manchester City have reignited their interest in Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to talkSPORT.

However, he will not come cheap, with reports in France suggesting City will have to pay £42million to land the centre back.

French newspaper L’Equipe claims that City are prepared to spend big money on the defender, who is also the subject of interest from mega-rich French clubs Monaco and Paris St Germain.

He is strongly tipped to become one of the world’s best defenders, which has Porto desperately trying to keep hold of him.

The Portugese side have resisted all offers so far, and have insisted they will not be willing to sell for anything less than his £42million buy-out-clause – a staggering figure for a relatively unknown 22-year-old.

However the buy-out-clause has not put off the three clubs currently leading the chase for his signature, considering they are three of the richest clubs in Europe.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to bring in another top class centre back to partner Vincent Kompany, after rotating Matija Nastasic, Joleon Lescott and Martin Demichelis throughout the season.

Lescott is likely to leave the Etihad this month, with West Ham linked with a possible loan move.

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