Chelsea are in the advanced stages of talks to take Manchester United and Manchester United target Eliaquim Mangala to Stamford Bridge, as Jose Mourinho looks to find a long-term successor for John Terry, according to reports in Italy.
Italian publication Il Tempo states that Mangala has become a priority signing for Chelsea in the wake of David Luiz’s well-publicised switch to Paris Saint-Germain, and that negotiations are underway between the Blues and Porto. Though the interest in the French youngster’s signature has been vast and well-documented in recent months, it’s thought that Mourinho has pushed his side into pole position to land him ahead of the likes of City and United, and will use the money from Luiz’s sale to fund the deal.
Il Tempo confirms that the Special One is willing to pay around €26million for the services of Mangala, and the fact that Porto have engaged in negotiations would infer that it is a fee that they are willing to work with. Known for his defensive solidity and dominance in the back line, the 23-year-old would not simply just provide cover for Terry and Gary Cahill moving forward, but would most probably be fighting for a spot in the starting XI.
Chelsea do also have Kurt Zouma to consider, but recently it’s been speculated that Mourinho would prefer to send him back out on loan once more rather than rush him into the first-team fold.
Either way the 51-year-old’s movements in the transfer market thus far indicate that he’s keen to complete his preparations for the coming season sooner rather than later. A repeat of last summer, where Mourinho was perhaps afforded less time than he would have liked in order to buy and sell talent, doesn’t look likely, and the Chelsea side which takes to the field following the World Cup could include a considerable amount of new faces.