New agent, new club for Mangala?

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Eliaquim Mangala made 23 appearances for France's Under-21 sideGettyImagesCould a new agent mean Eliaquim Mangala will move in the January window?

Chelsea are a step closer to signing Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala with the Mirror reporting that the France international has hired super-agent Jorge Mendes. Mangala joins a star-studded list that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel di Maria and, interestingly, Jose Mourinho that calls Mendes' stable home. And it is that Mourinho link that has shot the London club to the top of the list of potential suitors for the 22-year-old. Mangala was a hot rumour in the summer with Chelsea and Manchester City reported to be interested in his services -- City even said to have considered a bid to activate the player's £40 million buyout clause. But with the January window looming, Chelsea will be back again for the highly-rated defender.

Tiago Ilori has only just arrived at Liverpool but already the rumour mill has him heading for the Anfield exit with the Daily Mail reporting that Spanish side Valencia are interested in taking the Portuguese defender on loan in January. The 20-year-old Ilori joined Brendan Rodgers' squad on deadline day in the summer, securing a £7 million move from Portuguese giants Sporting. However, the Portugal under-21 international has failed to make an impact on Merseyside -- not yet registering a single appearance for the Reds. However, Valencia are offering what Liverpool cannot -- a shot at first-team football. The Spanish club are set to lose Adil Rami to AC Milan and want the young defender to fill the gap at the back.

Finally, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has emerged a candidate for vacant Sheffield United position according to the Daily Mail. Currently coaching Guangzhou R & F in China, Eriksson was thought to be a leading name for the vacant Poland national team job, but with the man who led the Three Lions to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup favoured by the advisers Sheffield United's wealthy Saudi co-owner Prince Abdullah, the 65-year-old Swede has now overtaken Nigel Clough as the favourite for the role at League One club.

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