Manchester United Transfer News: £45m Eder Militao Bid?

Brazilian Defender Being Watched By United

Eder Militao Manchester United transfer news

Manchester United could trigger Eder Militao’s release clause with FC Porto in January.

United were initially linked with the 20-year-old last month with the defender who has impressed for the Portugese side this season.

Eder has a release clause of €50million (£45million) in his contract with Porto a club he joined only this summer in a £4million transfer from Sao Paulo in his homeland. He has played a total of just 15 games for the Portugese league leaders: nine in the league, one in the Portugese Cup and all five of his side’s Champions League group games.

Jose Mourinho is known to be keen on signing a centre-back in the forthcoming transfer window. United’s defensive record is the joint-worst of any side in the top half of the Premier League table with 26 goals conceded in 16 league games.

But Eder Militao would be a huge risk for Manchester United. The youngster has just one international appearance for Brazil under his belt. That was in the 5-0 friendly victory over El Salvador in September. It means he wouldn’t automatically qualify for a UK work permit and the size of the transfer fee would then need to be taken into consideration. While the full £45million would see a work permit granted, United could get away with paying less. But that would depend on Porto who have a reputation for striking a hard bargain.

United aren’t the only club to be linked with Eder. Everton and Manchester City have also sent scouts to watch him in action.