Eliaquim Mangala

One of the first players to be linked with a move to West London this summer was Porto starlet Eliaquim Mangala.

The Portuguese outfit went undefeated domestically last term in their title-winning campaign, and Jose Mourinho amongst others reserved special praise for the efforts of the young Frenchman in defence.

The 22 year old put in dominant performances throughout, displaying rare agility for a centre-back, great aerial prowess and an eye for goal, netting seven times in 39 appearances last term.

The 6 foot 2 defender earned his first call-up to the France national team earlier this year, and has since claimed three international caps.

Mangala is tipped to be a future defensive star of European football, and welcomed talk of a Premier League move in the summer.

Chelsea were frightened off by Porto’s excessive £42million price-tag (the defender’s release clause), but they may be convinced to take the bait in January now that divisional rivals Manchester City have also begun to show an interest.

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