Chelsea & Manchester United dealt defender transfer blow

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Chelsea and Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of FC Porto star Eliaquim Mangala.

TalkSPORT cite reports in Portugal when claiming that the 22-year-old is set to sign a two-year contract extension at the Estadio do Dragao, ending the possibility of him leaving for pastures new in the January transfer window.

The centre back had been linked with a move away from the club back in October, after hiring a new agent – a move seen as a signal that he could be leaving the Primeira Liga.

However, the latest developments now suggest that a move is off the cards, which is a blow for the interested Premier League parties.

The radio station claims Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ‘a huge admirer’ of the player, who currently has a £40million minimum fee release clause in his contract.

But, ‘the Special One’ will now need to look elsewhere if he wants to strengthen at the back at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea aren’t short of options in defence, with David Luiz, John Terry and Gary Cahill all vying for first team chances. Mangala would have strengthened the Blues further, but won’t be gracing west London anytime soon.

He won’t be at Old Trafford either, despite the interest of Manchester United manager David Moyes.

The Scot had a summer transfer window to forget after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils helm, signing Marouane Fellaini but missing out on a number of high profile targets.

Securing Mangala’s signature would have been a major coup for the new Manchester United boss in the New Year, but he’ll now have to set his sights elsewhere.

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