Manchester United are keen on signing Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala during the summer transfer window rather than in January, according to Portuguese journalist Gonçalo Lopes.

The Premier League champions have been linked with a move for the France centre-back for some time now, as the club are desperately searching for a defender to replace the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as they are both out of contract at the end of the season.

And Manchester United's scouting network have again turned to the Portuguese league to find a replacement for the aforementioned defenders.

Chelsea and Manchester City are also said to be keen on bringing 22-year-old Mangala to the Premier League, however Manchester United are likely to have the upper hand in the race for his signature due to Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes.

Mendes has close ties with Manchester United as he represents both Anderson and Nani as well as Red Devils legend Cristiano Ronaldo and former assistant manager Carlos Queiroz.

Moyes is said to be already locked in talks with Mendes over a deal that would see Mangala move to Old Trafford in the summer.

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