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Barça and United scouts at the Estádio do Dragão

Mangala under surveillance



08/26/2013


Barcelona and Manchester United have set their sights on FC Porto centre back Eliaquim Mangala. Scouts from both clubs were present at the Estádio do Dragão on Sunday to watch the French player perform against Marítimo, according to Portuguese sports newspaper 'A Bola'.

Barça and Manchester United have spent all summer scouring the market for a centre-back to add to their ranks. David Moyes's outfit missed out on Ezequiel Garay, while the Culés watched as top priorities such as Thiago Silva became impossible to secure.

Gerardo Martino said publicly that he saw no need to reinforce the defensive core when Puyol was available. However, the 'Blaugrana' club would prefer to sign a defender in order to successfully manage a season packed full, in which rotations will surely be called for because of suspensions, injuries or to rest players.

Mangala made his debut in 2008 with Standard Liège, moving to current club Porto in 2011. The French player, who has dual Belgian and French nationality, is a member of France's Under-21 squad.
 

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We are obviously going to beat everyone by signing every CB in the world. Then we will field a team of 11 Vidic's and the opponents would lose by over exposure to the Admantium in their bones.
 

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Manchester United monitoring Porto defender Mangala to bolster defence

United believe they need to bring in someone else to make the handover from the Ferdinand-Vidic era as seamless as possible


Rio Ferdinand will be 35 in November and Manchester United are acutely aware the former England defender could be in his final season at the club. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire


First published: Fri, Sep 27, 2013, 01:00


Manchester United have joined the growing number of clubs closely monitoring the Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala as they plan ahead for the gradual easing out of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

While the Premier League champions will return to the business of trying to bolster their midfield in the January transfer window, possibly renewing their interest in Ander Herrera of Athletic Bilbao, the manager, David Moyes, and the chief executive, Ed Woodward, have also had internal discussions about bringing in a new centre half next summer.

35 in November
Ferdinand will turn 35 in November and, with his well-documented fitness issues, United are acutely aware the former England defender could be in his final season at the club.

Vidic, 32 next month, is a sufferer of long-standing back problems and, while Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are all highly regarded inside Old Trafford, part of the thinking is that all three have a habit of missing chunks of the season through injuries of their own.


Despite their support for each player, United believe they might need to bring in someone else to make the handover from the Ferdinand-Vidic era as seamless as possible.

United have not fully ruled out Ferdinand staying another year but, as it stands, they consider it unlikely and the club’s scouting staff will be regular visitors at Porto matches this season.

France international
Mangala, a France international of Congolese descent, signed for Porto from Standard Liege two years ago and has established himself as one of the outstanding young centre-halves in Europe.

A strong, physical player, renowned for his aerial ability, the 22-year-old was particularly influential in Porto’s successful defence of the Primeira Liga last season.

However, he would not be cheap and there promises to be strong competition. Mangala has a €45 million buyout clause in his contract and is also reputedly on the radar of, among others, Manchester City and Chelsea.

PSG also interested
Monaco asked about him in the summer but valued him more around €35 million and, with Paris St-Germain also interested, there are several clubs in the reckoning that have the financial strength to outdo United.

 

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Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Eliaquim Mangala with a view to making a swap deal involving midfielder Anderson according to Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias.

They claim that United will make their move at the end of the season with a bid of around €35 million plus Anderson in order to meet the €50 million release clause that FC Porto placed in his contract.


The 22-year-old French international impressed in Portugal throughout the 2012/13 season and has reportedly also attracted the attention of Chelsea and Monaco.

Mangala previously admitted he was flatted by United’s interest and has recently taken Jorge Mendes on as his agent, both of which have fuelled further speculation that a move to Old Trafford is in the offing especially given United’s strong links with Mendes.

Mangala currently has a €50 million release in his contract but his club are not thought to be particularly interested in bringing Anderson back to Porto, the club where United bought him from in 2007.

Despite that, Diario de Noticias believe a deal can be reached as David Moyes hopes to use Anderson as a way of gaining first refusal on Mangala given that competition from Chelsea and Monaco would be tough.

As a central defender also capable of playing left-back, Mangala began his professional career in Belgium for Standard Liege for three seasons before he made the move to Porto in a deal worth €6.5 million. He has represented the French national team on three occasions.

For any defender, €50 million is an eye watering figure for any defender, especially given that Moyes pulled the plug on a deal to bring Ezequiel Garay to Old Trafford this summer when the player admitted that he was going to join until Moyes decided otherwise in a deal that would have been significantly cheaper than €50 million.

But with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand coming toward the end of their careers, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Moyes bring in another top quality centre back to improve the squad.
 

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