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Man United Poised to Launch £65m Defensive Pair Bid

Old Trafford side keen on central defensive duo.

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Man United are reportedly set to challenge local rivals Man City in pursuit of FC Porto defensive pair Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi according to the Daily Star.

David Moyes has seen his defence struggle this term and given Rio Ferdinand’s advancing years and Nemanja Vidic’s injury concerns it would make a great deal of sense to seek reinforcements to boost the Man United back-line.

Moves for Otamendi and Mangala will not be cheap though with the Argentine valued at £25m and the 22 year old French international said to be available for around £40m, though Moyes will hope for significant backing from the Man United board as he seeks to turn the club’s season around after a stuttering start to their Premier League campaign.

Man United’s push for the pair could be helped by the fact that FC Porto are keen to re-sign Brazilian Anderson, who could perhaps be used as a makeweight in any deal to sign the central defenders.

Moyes has seen his side concede 13 goals in their opening ten Premier League fixtures having failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six top tier encounters.

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