Chelsea and Manchester United to compete for French star

Chelsea and Manchester United are the only two clubs left in the transfer chase for Eliaquim Mangala, with Barcelona playing down their efforts to sign the player, Daily Star reports.

The French defender is a top target for Louis van Gaal at United after a shocking previous season which saw them fall from Premier League champions all the way down to a seventh place finish.

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Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho is also in search for another centre-back after the departure of David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain.

Mangala is seen by both clubs as the perfect candidate to step into the defensive role as his current team, Porto, have slapped a £36million price tag no their man.

The Catalan giants are said to have withdrawn their interest in the defender due to his very high value set by Porto.

Manchester City also stepped out of the race to sign him after the 23-year-old Frenchman denied his interest in joining Manuel Pellegrini’s side.


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