Many Premier League teams have been linked with a move for French international defender Eliaquim Managala recently. The 22-year-old former Standard Liege player is currently with FC Porto and has already managed to earn a reputation as one of the best young centre-backs in the world.
With that in mind a mini-queue of clubs has begun to descend on the Dragao as his obvious talents begin to come to the fore.
The likes of Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco have been dubbed keen on the fast, powerful and often ruthless defensive option - but Premier League clubs have also expressed an interest. Manchester City have been quoted with an interest in his services - while recently has seen Manchester United and Chelsea leading the English chase for his signature.
Mangala himself seems content to stay in Portugal, despite the mega interest from clubs elsewhere in more ‘fanciable’ European leagues. He was quoted this week saying:
"I'm not in a hurry to leave Porto. Porto are a big European club and I earned my first international cap thanks to my performances with this club. That proved to me that I can make the France squad while playing for Porto. I'm happy here ..."
But while he may be intent on staying, his club are not exactly pulling out all the stops to keep hold of him. For a team like Porto revenue is big news. With nowhere near the same amount of TV money on offer for domestic football on the Iberian Peninsula - so everyone has a price.
Mangala’s - well his price-tag is widely reported to be £42 million. Stumping up that sort of cash would reportedly be enough to exercise a deal.
In reality nobody is likely to reach such an astronomical price-tag for the player but Porto’s president has admitted he could sell the player in January.
Pinto da Costa stated this week:
“I see his name linked to clubs all the time in the media. He has a release clause and interested clubs know. If an offer comes to us and it attracts us, then we could sell him.”
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