Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala has emerged as one of Jose Mourinho’s top summer targets when he is confirmed as Chelsea boss, according to the Daily Mail.
The Portuguese coach, set to return to Stamford Bridge later this summer, has already begun to draw up a list of players he wants to sign and has apparently targeted Porto defender Mangala.
The 22-year-old is highly rated and reports say he has a £30million buy-out clause in his Porto contract in a bid to ward off potential suitors.
Chelsea would not want to pay that much and will hope an offer in the region of £10million would be enough to land the Frenchman.
The France Under-21 international, who joined Porto from Standard Liege for £5.5m two years ago, has admitted to being flattered by Chelsea’s interest and appears keen on teaming up with Mourinho for the new season.
He said: “It’s flattering because Chelsea are a great club and Mourinho is a great coach. I intended to stay in Porto but you never know what will happen in football, especially when big clubs are involved.
“At Porto I play every week and I am involved in the title fight and the Champions League. And that is important to me.”