Manchester United have increased their interest in Manchester City and Chelsea target Eliaquim Mangala after watching him during Porto’s 2-1 win over Gil Vicente at the weekend, according to the Metro.

Reports earlier on today confirmed that David Moyes had sent scouts to keep an eye on the French starlet yesterday, and it’s now being circulated that the Scot is keen to move for the 23-year-old at the end of this season as he looks to recover from the loss of club captain Nemanja Vidic.

Vidic’s departure, which has been virtually assured in recent weeks, will leave a hole in the United back line and the Metro claims that Moyes is preparing to use a large portion of this summer’s transfer kitty in order to address the issues with his defence.

It’s thought £30million would be enough to prise the France international away from the Estadio do Dragao but, with Rio Ferdinand unlikely to be featuring in a main capacity next season, it’s unlikely the price-tag will curb the interest coming from Old Trafford.

Premier League rivals City and Chelsea have also been named in connection with transfers for Mangala, but it would seem United are intent on forcing their way into pole position for his signature.

Given a recent history which involves have been linked with virtually every major European force, a transfer to the reigning Premier League champions is far from guaranteed. However it’s clear that Moyes’ desire to sign him isn’t going to be stifled anytime soon.

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