How good is Chelsea, United and City target Mangala?

FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala has been linked with a move to England, but would he be a worthwile addition?

Manchester United’s frailties in defence have been uncovered this season with some rather uncertain performances so far.

Rumours are that David Moyes will make major moves in the January transfer window and one will be for a reinforcement in the backline. After some breakthrough performances for Porto last season Eliaquim Mangala attracted interest from the top teams in England this summer. The Red Devils now seem to be the front runners for his signature, but it is believed that they will have to fork out over £25 million for the young French international.

Chelsea are also interested, and see him as a long-term replacement for John Terry. Manchester City are also following his progress although they still have Kompany, Nastasic, Lescott and Demichelis in that position.

Mangala made his professional debut for Standard Liege when aged just 17 and shortly after became a key part of a side that went on to have some success in Belgium and Europe. The Frenchman can also play at left back, another area which Manchester United are looking to strengthen. Mangala joined FC Porto in the summer of 2011 for a fee of €6.5 million.

In his first season however he found himself backup to the likes of Rolando, Nicolas Otamendi and Maicon. His breakthrough came in the following season with some commanding displays as Porto went on to win the Portuguese title again snatching it from Benfica at the death. He has made a few appearances for France but currently has a lot of competition is his position with Varane, Koscielny, and Sakho to name a few.

He is a commanding defender and would give any of the three interested clubs defences a bit of youth and presence. £25 million is the price that is being quoted or thereabouts, which sounds a lot for any defender especially one at the age of 22, and unproven in one of the bigger European leagues.

However I do feel he would be a good addition, and these are the prices you have to pay theses days. Prices are inflated and things probably weren’t helped when Liverpool signed Andy Carroll for £35 million. In comparison to that this would seem a fantastic deal. FC Porto obviously don’t want to lose Mangala and therefore are well within their right to ask for a high figure.

Clubs know they will have to pay those sort of amounts to add the world class quality that they want.

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