€45m Chelsea and Manchester City target to stay in Portugal – report

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Newspaper reports claim Eliaquim Mangala won't be heading to England just yet.

Reports coming from both France and Portugal this morning claim Eliaquim Mangala will remain at FC Porto this season.

This is despite speculation that Manchester City had opened talks with the Portuguese champions over a possible move for the centre-back.

Mangala has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho linked with signing the Frenchman back in June, and David Moyes said to have sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old last weekend.

If previous reports are true, Mourinho saw Mangala as one of his primary transfer targets when he returned to Stamford Bridge, although things went quiet following the initial speculation in June.

But regardless, it appears the player is going nowhere…at least for now.

French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting that despite City’s apparent willingness to match the player’s release-clause, he has no desire to move on.

The Portuguese club have decided to keep (the player),” the report claims, “and the young defender, under contract until 2016, wishes to remain a season more.”

So those are the reports from Mangala’s homeland, and the stories from the country in which he currently plies his trade develop them further.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims FC Porto will refuse any last-minute offers for their players, stating the following:

(Porto) expect to handle all possible attacks that arise until Monday, something that happened last season, for example, with Joao Moutinho.”

Although A Bola also acknowledges the presence of release-clauses, the story ends with the claim that, “FC Porto has full confidence in the players and believes that any one of the most desirable players on the market rejects a change at this time.”

Until the transfer window finally slams shut, speculation will continue. But it seems Mangala may not be moving to the Premier League just yet.

Would City and Chelsea fans have liked to see Mangala at their club?  And could the move still happen in the future?

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