Manchester United face PSG battle for £35m France star

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Manchester United appear to face a considerable battle for the signing of Eliaquim Mangala, with The Daily Mirror reporting that Paris Saint-Germain have made contact over a summer swoop for the defender.

Those aforementioned reports suggest that the reigning Ligue 1 champions have sounded out Porto in an attempt to get the ball rolling over a potential deal for the centre-back during the next transfer window.

23-year-old Mangala joined Porto from Standard Liege back in August 2011 and has gone from strength-to-strength at Estadio do Dragao with a number of solid and dominant displays in the very heart of Paulo Fonseca's backline.

Mangala, who earned his very first senior international cap for his native France during a friendly clash against Uruguay in 2013 and is rated at £35 million, was extensively linked with a move away from the Primeira Liga in January with Manchester City having reportedly failed with a late deal to sign him.

However, it's City's fierce cross city-rivals who have seemingly emerged as one of the frontrunners for his signature since, with Manchester United boss David Moyes supposedly targeting a summer move of his own for Mangala.

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, who has been with the club since 2006, recently announced his intention to depart the club when his current contract expires at the end of the season and Moyes will certainly be needing to replace such a loss.

If he is serious about moving for Mangala, though, it looks like the under pressure Scot will have to make his move before the summer with PSG - a club who have quickly developed a reputation for lavishing exorbitant sums of money on new recruits since the Qatar Investment Authority became involved with the Parisians - apparently making their move ahead of schedule.

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