Porto won't drop Eliaquim Mangala asking price

Porto won't drop Mangala asking price
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The president of Porto says that Eliaquim Mangala will not be sold for a penny less than his release clause.

Porto president Pinto da Costa has insisted that potential suitors will have to meet Eliaquim Mangala's release clause if they want to sign the French defender.

It is believed that the 22-year-old has it written into his contract that he can leave his Portuguese employers if another club offer £42.5m.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for centre-back but are not said to be prepared to part with that sort of money. However, Da Costa has told the Blues and other sides that his club have no plans to drop the asking price.

"This footballer only leaves our club if someone pays the release clause," he told A Bola.

Mangala joined Porto from Standard Liege in 2011 for a reported £5m.

Porto's Eliaquim Mangala takes a throw in on November 6, 2012
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