Manchester United, City & Chelsea given hope in Porto star chase

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Eliaquim Mangala has given Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City a timely boost in their alleged pursuit of the Porto star, after he reiterated his admiration for the Premier League, reports talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old defender has long been linked with a move to England, following a series of impressive performances at Estadio do Dragao over the past three seasons.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Mangala to Old Trafford in January, having identified him as a possible replacement for veteran centre-back Rio Ferdinand.

Manchester United will face competition from local rivals Manchester City though, with Manuel Pellegrini equally keen to strengthen his defensive line with the addition of the former Standard Liege stopper to his Etihad Stadium squad.

Jose Mourinho completes the trio of Premier League managers all monitoring Mangala's situation at Porto, and the Chelsea chief might look to use his connections with his former club to broker a deal that will see the player move to Stamford Bridge.

"It's no secret that for me the Premier League is the best [league] in the world," the France international is quoted as saying in L'Equipe.

"If you play against an English club you have to think of total combat, with an intense, fast game."

It's understood that it will take a significant offer to convince Porto to part with one of their star players, who is under contract with the Primeira Liga giants until 2016, and according to the Daily Mirror earlier has a £40million buy-out clause.

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