4. Eliaquim Mangala – Porto
The 22-year-old has been on the radar of a number of English clubs since the last January transfer window, but said clubs wanted to wait and keep an eye on his development over the course of the season before making their move.
However, they may have waited too long as a number of clubs have joined them in their interest. The likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund now look set to step up their interest after the French international has become a key figure in helping Porto in securing their second successive Portuguese league title.
He is now a fully established international with the French national side with three caps to his name, keeping the likes of Raphael Varane, Mamadou Sakho and Phillipe Mexes in the process.
However, Mangala stated last month that he is in no rush to leave Porto after such a successful season, but didn’t rule out a move should an opportunity too good to turn down comes along: “To be honest, moving this season is not ideal for me, I intend to stay in Porto but you never know in football.”
Chelsea would do well to land him, but he would be worth the effort.