Manchester United manager flies to Portugal to scout trio

Manchester United manager David Moyes has flown to Portugal to scout three of his summer transfer targets, Daily Mail reports.

With a speculated transfer kitty of £200m, the Scot attended the Portugal Cup semi-final between Porto and Benfica is his attempts to analyze his potential players.

Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala and team-mate Jackson Martinez was understood to be under close evaluation, as well as having a close eye on Benfica left-back Guilherme Siqueira.

With highly-rated Mangala also chased by Manchester City, Moyes will hope that this trip would give him a real assessment of whether the Red Devils should follow it up with a bid.

However the United board are unlikely to meet Porto’s £37.8million buy-out clause on Mangala, and will try to see whether there is room for a compromise.

Colombian striker Martinez is another Porto player on Moyes’ wishlist, with his prolific finishing already attracting the likes of Roma, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

But the list continues with Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao – who played in last night’s victory over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey – and Southampton’s Luke Shaw being touted as replacements for Patrice Evra who is bound to leave in the summer.