Man United and Man City set for transfer battle

Manchester United and Manchester City face a fight to land highly rated Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, after French moneybags Paris St Germain and Monaco both registered an interest in the centre back, according to the Metro.

The Premier League giants have been heavily linked with the Frenchman for some time, although both failed to pull off a rumoured January transfer.

Now reports in France suggest that Ligue 1 giants Monaco and Paris St Germain are ready to match any offer the Manchester clubs make in a bid to bring the defender back to his homeland.

PSG may consider themselves possible favourites for his signature, with the fact Mangala is a Parisian.

City reportedly came close to signing the 22-year-old on deadline day, but abandoned a £50million double deal for Mangala and Porto team-mate Fernando at the last minute.

City are expected to return for both players in the summer, whilst Manchester United have also targeted the defender as a long term replacement for the outgoing Nemanja Vidic.

However, reports suggest both now face a battle for his signature, with PSG and Monaco having already opened talks over a potential summer move with Porto.

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