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Chelsea intensify Eliaquim Mangala pursuit

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to make as many as five big-money transfer deals this summer, according to the Daily Star.

And the report claims Chelsea have intensified their efforts to sign Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala in the wake of the deal to bring David Luiz to PSG.

The Stamford Bridge side have reportedly reached an agreement to send the Brazilian international to the Parc des Princes for around £50m, and they want to use £40m of it on Mangala as a direct replacement.

The next deal lined up is the £32m transfer of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea. Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic is also expected to depart the Allianz Arena this summer, with Chelsea a possible destination.

The final two targets mentioned by the report are Sevilla's Alberto Moreno and Ivan Rakitic. The left-back has been targeted as a replacement for Ashley Cole, who recently confirmed that he is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the expiration of his contract.

Rakitic, the Croatian international, was exceptional in the Europa League final as Sevilla beat Benfica on penalties earlier this month.

Frank Lampard is also out of contract this summer and no announcement has been made regarding his future. That could open up a space in the midfield.

But Chelsea would have to fund this spending spree with player sales to remain within FFP regulations. Having said that, they've already started the process with the David Luiz to PSG deal.

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