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Eliaquim Mangala made available to Atletico Madrid

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Eliaquim Mangala, the Porto defender, has reportedly been lined-up for Atletico Madrid, and the Spanish champions may pursue a move for the player should incumbent centre-back Miranda be sold during the summer transfer window. Miranda has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester United having performed to distinction during Atletico’s memorable campaign.

It is reported by El Confidencial that a contingency plan is in place at the Vicente Calderon courtesy of esteemed agent Jorge Mendes, who has presented the club with an opportunity to sign Mangala. The France international, it has been claimed, is admired by manager Diego Simeone, while he is one of the most coveted defenders in Europe.

Mangala has been linked extensively with Chelsea and Manchester City, while Manchester United have also been credited with interest in the 23-year-old. Of these three, Chelsea were reported to be the leading candidates to sign the centre-back.

The young Frenchman reportedly favours a move to Stamford Bridge, although it remains to be seen if Chelsea are willing to pay Mangala’s £35 million valuation. Atletico, though, is the new name in the running for Mangala, but it would appear much will depend on the future of Miranda.

AS reported on Wednesday that Manchester United had agreed a €30 million deal to bring the 29-year-old to Old Trafford, although this assertion has now been contested. Later reports claimed Manchester United are not in the running for the player, while Barcelona continue to be linked.

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