Red Devils after defensive duo

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Eliaquim Mangala made 23 appearances for France's Under-21 sideGettyImagesManchester United are reportedly after Porto duo Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi.

Manchester United are preparing to boost their defence with the Daily Star reporting that the Red Devils are planning a double swoop for Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi. David Moyes has been concerned about United’s defence since he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson with the centre and left side of defence his major focus. And with Moyes expected to again try for Leighton Baines to fill the role out wide, Mangala and Otamendi are the prime targets to fill the central position. However, there are two problems -- the duo will cost in the vicinity of 65 million pounds and United are not the only clubs interested, Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City reported to be sniffing around the defenders.

Defenders are the flavour of the moment with the Mirror suggesting that Everton are interested in Dundee United’s young centre-back John Souttar. The 17-year-old Souttar has made an impressive start to the Scottish Premier League with many England clubs sending scouts to watch the Scotland Under-19 international. And it seems Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been suitably impressed, with rumours suggesting the Toffees are ready to make a 1 million pound offer. And United could be willing to sell their asset pending that he will immediately return on loan for the remainder of the season.

Finally, turning to Europe and Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto. Spain Under-21 international Roberto has struggled for minutes under Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino, only making three appearances of the substitute’s bench in La Liga this season. And the 21-year-old’s situation at the Nou Camp has alerted some of the continent’s biggest clubs -- including the reigning Spanish champion’s great rivals, Real Madrid.


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