Path clear for Manchester United & Chelsea to land French star

Eliaquim MangalaThe Daily Star have certainly got a few punters here in the Football Transfer Tavern looking up with interest as they have news over the future of Eliaquim Mangala.

The Porto defender looks set to be on the move this summer but one destination he will not be making the move to is Barcelona, with the Catalan giants now unwilling to make the required £36 million bid to land the centre back.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United are still keen on the French international star however and as one of our punters notes, the fact that Barcelona have pulled out of the race for the defender is only good news for the Premier League duo.

Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing in another defender to the club after selling David Luiz and Mangala could be his man, despite Kurt Zouma arriving at Stamford Bridge.

We think that out of the two, Louis van Gaal and Manchester United need Mangala more and given the amount of players who the club are looking to get rid of, not to mention replace, Mangala could well be the perfect replacement.

Manchester United fans. Do you think that now is the right time to swoop for the Porto defender? Is van Gaal the right manager to bring out the best in him? Let us know your thoughts below.

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