Manchester United are set to battle for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala after Barcelona withdrew from the chase, according to the Daily Star website.
Mangala is wanted at Old Trafford by new boss Louis Van Gaal as he seeks to rebuild United after their dismal 2013-14 season.
The Dutchman has lost Nemanja Vidic to Inter Milan and Rio Ferdinand has been released so he needs to replace the experienced duo.
And now they have had the door opened as Barcelona do not wish to make a move as they have their eyes on some other targets.
However, the Red Devils will have to battle it out with Chelsea, as the Blues are also keen on a swoop.