The rumour mill has been churning for a little while now so checking out how some of those players linked with Premier League clubs are getting on is always good practice. For Manchester United two of said players certainly made an impact in Portugal this weekend.
While Sir Alex Ferguson may have maintained his stance that players at FC Porto cost a ‘fortune’ there has been no stopping the rumour mill in regards to his interest in two of the Portuguese outfit’s biggest talents.
Firstly there is the Colombian James Rodriguez. The man dubbed the ‘South American Ronaldo’ can play anywhere across the top of the pitch but is more comfortable on the wings and has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Nani; who is widely touted to be on his way out of Old Trafford this summer.
The other player in question is Eliaquim Mangala. The Frenchman has also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and recently admitted he was more than flattered to be mentioned as a possible recruit at the Theatre of Dreams this summer.
"I am definitely flattered by the interest of such a big club like Manchester United, any player would be. I have a contract here until 2016 so even if I want to go, Porto will have their say in the transfer."
Arsenal fans may also recognise the name of the 22-year-old centre back. He infamously broke the foot of Kieran Gibbs whilst playing for Standard Liege back in 2009 with what looked at the time a rather nasty challenge.
Therefore he is likely to be welcomed by the fans of either interested club should he make the switch to the Premier League this summer.
This weekend however they were far too busy to think of such personal matters; as they took on Nacional de Madeira in hope of suspending Benfica’s title parade for a little longer.
They won the fixture 3-1 and both men were on the score sheet; with Mangala’s cheeky backheel the pick of the pair.
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