Eliaquim Mangala is Manchester United boss David Moyes' number one target to replace the outgoing Nemanja Vidic, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Red Devils captain last night announced his intention to leave the club following the expiration of his contract this summer and the aforementioned publication reports that the FC Porto centre-back is Moyes' primary target to replace the experienced Serbian.
22-year-old Mangala appears to have enjoyed a rather swift rise to prominence, becoming an influential and integral figure at Estádio do Dragão and also winning his very first senior international cap for his native France during a friendly encounter against Uruguay last year.
Mangala looked as if he could have been on the verge of a move to Manchester during the recent January transfer window, with United's local rivals Manchester City having pulled out of a double deal to sign him and teammate Fernando on deadline day.
Vidic's departure - one which could presumably begin a mini-exodus at Old Trafford in the summer - is likely to leave David Moyes short on quality in a defensive capacity, so it would come as know surprise to see him launch a move for a replacement when the former Spartak Moscow star does leave.
However, whether or nor a potential move for Mangala - a player reportedly rated at the £35 million mark who has been linked with Manchester United prior to the Vidic news - could prove an adequate replacement for Vidic, remains to be seen.
While the Serbian international is not quite the player he once was as age and injury has gradually caught up with him, Mangala seems to represent the polar opposite - a relatively inexperienced player who would appear to represent somewhat of a gamble.
If they did indeed make the move for Mangala to replace Vidic, it is believed that Manchester United would face competition from Manuel Pellegrini's City and French champions Paris Saint-Germain.