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Manchester United are ready to battle it out with Chelsea and Barcelona to land Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.


United have been tracking the French centre-half for months and they sent scouts to watch him against Maritimo on Saturday.

Mangala helped keep a clean-sheet in a 3-0 win and Old Trafford chiefs will have been suitably impressed with his assured performance.

The Red Devils had been planning a move for Benfica ace Ezequiel Garay but that looks to have hit the buffers with the £21.5m fee deemed too much.

They could now move for Mangala but Chelsea are also keen on the highly-rated 22-year-old.

Boss Jose Mourinho tried to snap him up from his old club in June while Barcelona have also been keeping a close eye on him.

However, Porto are insisting Mangala is not for sale.


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