Porto claim no offers for Chelsea & Manchester United target

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FC Porto president Pinto da Costa insists that he has received no formal offers for Eliaquim Mangala, despite alleged transfer interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, reports talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old France international has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, with suggestions that he could be heading for the Premier League in January, in a £25million deal.

Red Devils boss David Moyes is understood to have identified Mangala as a long-term centre-back successor for Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford, and is ready to step up his attempt to sign the defender when the transfer window reopens.

Manchester United will face competition from domestic rivals Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho also credited with an interest in the former Standard Liege star.

Mangala has impressed ever since he arrived at Estadio do Dragao in 2011, and might be tempted by a switch to Stamford Bridge, where the ex-Porto manager is currently employed.

However, as it stands a move to Chelsea or Manchester United is out of the question, after the Portuguese club's president revealed no enquiries have been made for the player.

"I know through the newspapers every day that some team is interested in Eliaquim Mangala, but Porto has not received any proposal," Da Costa told TMW.

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