Transfer Talk: Manchester United Eye Eliaquim Mangala

Manchester United have two right-backs, two left-backs and five centre-backs (three of which have played at full-back). They have four central midfielders - one of which is the unwell Darren Fletcher, another is the unwanted Anderson. Yet this morning the Reds are linked with two defenders.

David Moyes is considering a move for Porto's France international Eliaquim Mangala, a central defender, claim the Metro.

But wait, there's more. David Luíz, who boasts a brief and checkered history with United (two goals, an own goal, poleaxing Javier Hernández and Wayne Rooney, gifting a goal to Hernández and getting Rafael da Silva sent off) is also touted as a possible signing by the Mirror.

Mangala has played for France three times

United fans will hope this is mere paper talk and that Ezequiel Garay's name doesn't emerge again. Nobody loves him.

Mesut Özil is not a midfielder, either, but he's such an ebullient and effective player you will hear few complaining if he joined either United or Arsenal, the two clubs said to have bid for him.

Özil was in such a foul mood after his 65th minute substitution during Real Madrid's win at Granada on Monday night he walked straight down the tunnel, amid speculation his future at the club is bleak if/when Gareth Bale joins.

His father and agent has already sounded out which Premier League clubs might be interested in signing his son, but the Germany international's £200,000-a-week wage demands are the obvious stumbling block, report the Sun.

Özil's three years in Madrid could soon come to an end

Geoffrey Kondogbia, who Arsenal inquired about, seems set to join Monaco for £17m, say L'Équipe. Like Luiz Gustavo, he is another effective defensive midfielder, which will not amuse Gooners.

Should Yohan Cabaye - 2013's Mikel Arteta - move to Arsenal then Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has lined up Wigan Athletic's James McCarthy to replace the Frenchman, claim the Mirror.

Samuel Eto'o will reject an Internazionale reunion in favour of a José Mourinho reunion, as Chelsea green light their plan B after the Wayne Rooney saga all but ended earlier this week, write the Times.

"You are Plan B, don't forget it."

Eto'o spent one season under Mourinho at Inter, where he won the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Champions League.

And Roma have reportedly held discussions over a possible loan switch involving Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Italy international Federico Balzaretti, the Sun alleges.

For this interview and this interview, Assou-Ekotto, the man alone, must stay.

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