United Watching Porto Youngster
Manchester United are keeping tabs on FC Porto’s Brazil international centre-back Eder Militao.
The 20-year-old is being watched by scouts from Old Trafford after impressing for the Portugese league leaders.
Militao is only just finding his way into the Porto first team. He was signed in the summer from Sao Paulo in his homeland for a fee of just €4million plus a 10 percent share of any future transfer proceeds.
However, he has played just seven league games since his arrival plus one Portugese Cup match and all four of the side’s Champions League group games.
The biggest obstacle for United could be a work permit. There is no news as to whether or not Militao has an EU passport. That would smooth over any immigration issues – in January at any rate. There is no news yet as to how Premier League clubs will cope with any – as yet, unspecified – changes to the transfer of overseas players – whether from the EU or not.
As things stand, United would have to rely on the size of the transfer fee. Militao has one senior international cap for Brazil. He made his debut in the 5-0 friendly international win over El Salvador in September. Current Premier League rules mean United would have to pay a lot more than €4million to get Militao into the UK.
Jose Mourinho is looking to bolster his defence and he wants to do it in January. Eric Bailly or Marcos Rojo could be sold to make way for any new arrival.
Manchester United won’t have it all their own way in the race for Eder Militao. Everton and Manchester City are also monitoring his progress. Scouts from all three clubs are expected to be present when Porto take on Bundesliga side Schalke 04 later this evening.