Manchester City set to win race for Eliaquim Mangala

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Manchester City are getting closer and closer to signing Eliaquim Mangala from Porto, according to Le 10 Sport.

The centre-back has been the subject of much speculation this season with a number of Premier League clubs sending representatives to run the rule over him in Portugal.

Mangala has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Porto but the long race for his signature is set to end in the coming weeks with a certain club in Manchester likely to take the spoils.

Manuel Pellegrini placed strengthening his defence at the top of his priority list for the summer and even attempted to sign Mangala with a late bid in the January transfer window.

The Citizens launched a bid in the region of €36 million, but Porto were unwilling to sell him for less than his release clause, believed to be set at €45m.

Now Manchester City have agreed to meet that release clause and are set to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea to his signature.

The Daily Telegraph reported that David Moyes had highlighted Mangala as his No.1 target to replace Nemanja Vidic, who is set to sign for Inter Milan at the end of the season.

Although Manchester United are busy chasing the likes of Toni Kroos and Marco Reus, their need for defensive reinforcement is arguably more urgent than City's.

But Moyes has chosen to focus his resources on signing flair players and is set to lose the French international to their archrivals as a result.

Jose Mourinho's interest in Mangala was thought to be strong but has faded since he sealed the signing of St Etienne centre-back Kurt Zouma.

Manchester City are believed to be paying as much as €36m for him with performance related bonuses potential earning Porto up to the full €45m.

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