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Jose Mourinho doesn't need Eliaquim Mangala as much as Van Gaal

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Eliaquim Mangala has been linked with a move away from Porto for some time now. A number of top clubs have appeared to be interested in his signature, including Premier League trio Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as Spanish giants Barcelona. 

However, with City and Barcelona reportedly out of the race to sign him, it appears that United and Chelsea could now go head-to-head for his services this summer. Mangala is currently on international duty with France at the World Cup, but the battle to bring him to the Premier League could take place in the near future. 

EXPENSIVE 

Mangala won't come cheap, however. In fact, reports have indicated that Porto want as much as £36 million for him in the transfer window. However, at just 23-years-old, the defender only looks set to rise up the footballing ladder in the coming years. 

Mourinho and Van Gaal may well have concerns that he's unproven in England's elite division. That's not to say, however, that he isn't worth the risk. 

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CHELSEA DEFENDERS

But, with indications that a move to Chelsea could be on the cards, is he really needed at Stamford Bridge. Many will point to John Terry's age and suggest that Mourinho is in need of a replacement for his captain. 

However, the Blues have already sealed the signing of Kurt Zouma, who at 19-years-old and also French, may well go on to be even better than Mangala. That, of course, is just a possibility, with both players expected to shine on Europe's elite stage for many years.

Chelsea also have Gary Cahill, who looks at home in a blue shirt and could well be a key figure for the Blues for another five or so years yet. 

Some will point to the fact that David Luiz has departed the club for Paris Saint-German and suggest that Mangala is needed. But, in reality, the £36m man shouldn't be seen as a priority target for the 'Special One'.

MANCHESTER UNITED IN NEED

Mangala should, however, be seen as a key target for new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal. Manchester United are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and Mangala could represent the ideal signing for the Dutch manager. 

The Red Devils have already lost veterans Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, so are in need of at least one replacement. United, of course, still have the likes of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones at the club, but they have all had their problems over the past couple of years.

Mangala may not have the experience of Ferdinand or Vidic, but he certainly has the ability and could enjoy long term success at the Theatre of Dreams. 

COMMANDING PRESENCE

The 23-year-old certainly has the ability and the potential to become a success in England's elite division. Over the past couple of years he has gone from strength-to-strength, consequently being rewarded with a place in the French national squad for the World Cup.

He's a strong, dominant figure and can also play out from the back with ease. With great awareness of those around him, he appears to be a natural leader and will only improve in that aspect as he further matures. 

He would certainly fit into Manchester United's squad and could quickly become a key player for both club and country. 

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