Manchester United Set Their Sights On Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala

David Moyes is poised to step up his bid for Porto’s French defender Eliaquim Mangala. After recent defeats for United, followed with injuries to key players, Moyes is set to start building the squad again with his own addition of players.

Since Moyes took charge last summer, the Scot bought Marouane Fellaini from previous club Everton for £27.5 million. And his most recent signing came in the January transfer window after capturing the signature of Spanish midfielder Juan Mata for £37.1 million.

Nemanja Vidic has already confirmed that he will be departing the club in the summer. Vidic signed for the Reds in 2006 from Spartak Moscow and created a strong defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand as well as lift numerous Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008 after a rainy penalty shoot out in Moscow.

David Moyes had people watching the French defender for the third time in Porto’s 2-1 victory at Gil Vicente.

Mangala playing for Porto

ELIAQUIM MANGALA: Player in action for FC Porto

The highly praised and sought-after defender is also speculated to be wanted by other clubs such as Manchester City, although Pellegrini said in the January transfer window deadline day that no signings will be made until the summer. Chelsea are also speculated to bid for the defender.

Mangala, 23, has a £35 million buy-out clause in his contract, and Moyes has been promised a significant amount of money to rebuild his team.

Mangala joined Porto from Standard Liege in £6 million deal in 2011, and has since then proved himself to be one of the finest young defenders in Europe.

United manager Moyes will have to start rebuilding his team from the back. Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are set to follow Vidic out of Old Trafford in the summer.

Ferdinand is expected to retire whereas Evra is set to return to his native France to join former club Monaco or French giants PSG.

Meanwhile, Vidic is understood to have agreed a two year deal with Inter Milan.


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