Manchester United could still beat Manchester City to the signing of Eliaquim Mangala this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.
If reports are to be believed, the Citizens are still favourites to land the French international in the up coming market, however Financial Fair Play restrictions could hand United the initiative in the race to sign him.
Mangala has enjoyed a fine season at Porto and is set to take part in this summer's World Cup. It remains to be seen as to whether new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal attempts to bring the 23-year-old to Old Trafford, but it's a move that appears a possibility.
Manchester United are certainly in need of defensive reinforcements, with the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand set to leave the club.
The Red Devils will be desperate to improve ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and Mangala, who has been rated at around £40 million, could be the ideal signing for Van Gaal and Co. Manchester United and Manchester City could be set for a major transfer tussle this summer.