£42m United, City & Chelsea target reveals 'beautiful' England hope

Porto defender says it is no secret that the Premier League is the most beautiful, in news that may alert Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

With just a couple of days remaining until the month-long winter transfer window opens for trading, one of the movers could well be FC Porto centre back Eliaquim Mangala, after the once-capped France international revealed how the Premier League is 'beautiful'.

This, on top of recent revelations from the Portuguese club that a potential £42m bid would be enough to trigger a release clause in his contract, could be news that interests a number of clubs in England already keeping an eye on the player such as Manchester City (Daily Mirror), Manchester United (Daily Star) and Chelsea (Metro).

In L'Equipe, Mangala - who has experience winning domestic titles thanks to a Belgian Pro League winners medal with Standard Liege arriving before a brace of Primeira Liga titles with Porto is quoted to have said recently that: 'The Premier League - it is no secret… to me it is the most beautiful league in the world.

'Whatever the opponent, you know it will be a fight. The game is intense, it is fast, and everyone is giving his very best.'

Mangala, 22-years-old, completed seven tackles, six interceptions and 25 clearances from 538 minutes of Champions League competition this season.

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