Chelsea will give City free run at Mangala to land ex United target

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Blues could pass on Manchester City target Elaquim Mangala in order to secure the signature of Joao Miranda, previously wanted by Manchester United.

FC Porto defender Elaquim Mangala has been subject to a £32 million bid from Manchester City, according to the Daily Star, in a move that, should the Portuguese club accept, could be ratified swiftly as the player longs for a move to the "spectacular" Premier League.

In six Champions League appearances last season, Mangala completed seven tackles and 25 clearances while completing 87% of his total passes. Mangala is renowned for his pace and power as, at 6ft 2in and 12 stones, he is well poised between having the necessary height and physicality to win aerial duels while also remaining light enough to track back and cover the goalkeeper.

Speaking in L'Equipe earlier in the year, he was even quoted to have said that: "The Premier League is, for me, the coolest league in the world. Whatever the opponent, you always know the game will be difficult. The play is intense, quick, contested."

Previously, it appeared that whichever club from England began the bidding process for Mangala would not do so alone, as both Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea had all been speculatively linked, however, it appears that Blues boss Jose Mourinho will make a pass on the 23-year-old Frenchman in order to lock down Joao Miranda, who had previously been mentioned as a candidate for a United switch.

The Daily Star claims that Chelsea are prepared to bid £24 million for Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, having already completed a deal for Diego Costa.

In La Liga competition last term, Miranda was responsible for 69 tackles and 171 clearances from 32 starts.

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