Chelsea interest flatters £30m French star

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Chelsea transfer target Eliaquim Mangala is flattered to be linked with a move to the Premier League from FC Porto.

The 22-year-old is reported to be a £30million Stamford Bridge target, although The Sun claims the Blues are unwilling to meet the minimum fee release clause to bring him to west London.

If new boss Jose Mourinho does wish to pursue the 22-year-old Frenchman, he’d be signing a player who rates him highly as a coach. However, Mangala insists he is not looking for a move away from the Estádio do Dragão, and is happy to play regular first team football.

“It’s flattering because Chelsea are a great club and Mourinho is a great coach. I intended to stay in Porto but you never know what will happen in football, especially when big clubs are involved,” he told the newspaper.

“At Porto I play every week and I am involved in the title fight and the Champions League. And that is important to me.”

Chelsea have Champions League football to offer after finishing third in the Premier League last season, although agreeing a transfer fee for the former Standard Liege starlet would appear to be a major stumbling block.

If an agreement can be reached, then Mangala would join an impressive group of centre backs at the club, with John Terry, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic all vying for first team chances.

However, Luiz has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent weeks, and his potential exit could open some additional space for a new signing.

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