Manchester United to beat Premier League rivals in signing versatile defender

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Manchester United have entered the race for the signature of Porto ace Eder Militao,

According to a report from, Porto are desperate to keep hold of the player and will demand that any potential suitors pay his release clause in full to secure a deal.

The 20-year-old is a versatile centre-back who can also feature as a full-back or in the defensive midfielder position.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to sign the Brazilian, who has been catching the eye with his performances in Portugal.

The Daily Mail reports that Maurizio Sarri reportedly keeps tabs on the youngster who shares agents – Giuliano Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchian – with other Chelsea stars Willian and David Luiz.

Jose Mourinho has targeted Militao as a cheaper alternative to the Red Devils’ transfer targets, following an unsuccessful pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Maurizio Sarri is equally as keen to strengthen at the back, with the Italian often lambasting Chelsea’s ability to defend this season.

The back four is likely to be an area targetted by the Chelsea head coach when the transfer window rolls around in January.

Chelsea would be expected to offer much more than the £7.2million Porto paid for Militao.

Sao Paulo are said to have a 10 per cent sell-on clause in the agreement with the Portuguese side, ramping up the price for the Brazilian’s potential buyer.


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