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Monaco are set to step up their interest in Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala after agreeing to meet his release clause.

Chelsea and Manchester City were both linked with summer moves for the French international, while reports suggest that David Moyes will seek to bring the player to Old Trafford in January as part of an £80m spending spree.

But reports in Portugal suggest that any side interested in signing Mangala will now have to stump up £42m to rival Monaco.

According to Portugese paper Record, Monaco are set to return to Porto after spending £60m to buy Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez over the summer, and will pay the £42m to trigger Mangala’s release.

Mangala was born in France but has never played professionally in his home country after starting his career with Standard Liege in Belguim before moving to Porto for £5.5m in 2011.

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