Brazilian Defender Being Watched By United
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.