Chelsea and Manchester United look to have finally missed out on Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, with Manchester City said to have agreed a €40 million fee for the French international.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo carry that claim on their front page today, with Manchester City now expected to wrap up the formalities and complete the signing of the highly rated 23-year-old.
Manchester United and Chelsea blow
The news will come as a huge blow to both Manchester United and Chelsea, who have both been heavily linked with the Porto ace. It has even been claimed that Mangala would prefer a move to Chelsea over their rivals.
Chelsea look short of options at the back with David Luiz joining Paris Saint-Germain and with Kurt Zouma potentially going out on loan to Sunderland. Manchester United face a similar issue with both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand exiting Old Trafford this summer.
Beaten off competition
It had previously been reported that Chelsea looked to be closest to sealing a £32 million swoop for the defender who joined Porto from Standard Liege in 2011 and has gone on to make 62 league appearances for the Portuguese outfit.
The deal represents a coup for Manchester City, who look desperately in need of strengthening their back line this summer. So far their attempts to land Mehdi Benatia from Roma have come to nothing, so to land Mangala ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United will be well received by the club's fans.
Manchester United are now expected to step up their pursuit of Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund, while Chelsea may look to keep hold of Zouma and use him as back up for Gary Cahill and John Terry for the coming season.