Most of the talk in the Football Transfer Tavern with Chelsea supporters is surrounding the attacking players that they want to see Jose Mourinho bring into the club this summer but today’s Sunday People suggests that the former Real Madrid manager is also seeking defensive reinforcements.
The paper indicates that Chelsea have taken the lead in the pursuit of FC Porto star Eliaquim Mangala ahead of Manchester United due to new United boss David Moyes being away on holiday.
Punters in the tavern make the point that Moyes will not be isolated from the world during his holiday wherever he is in the on the globe and surely this is just paper talk.
Reportedly the Blues have taken the opportunity to begin talks with the French defender who Mourinho watched while at Madrid as he looks to provide fierce competition and put pressure on the current defensive backline.
Porto are desperate to keep the 22-year-old, who recently earned his senior international debut with Les Bleus, and his club side are looking for around £30 million for his services but Chelsea are only willing to offer £22 million with Mourinho eager to get his transfer business completed early this summer.