Real Madrid set to pip Man Utd to transfer of defensive target from Porto

Real Madrid have won the race to sign Brazil defender Eder Militao from Porto, according to reports in Spain.

Manchester United had been linked with a move for the Brazil international during January but it appears that the 21-year-old is on the verge of a move to Spain.

According to Marca , Real have acted quickly to tie up a deal for Militao having agreed a deal with Porto and are only waiting on the player’s signature before making the transfer public.

Militao joined Porto from Sao Paulo last summer and has become a mainstay in the Portuguese side’s defence, starring in the club’s run to the Champions League Round of 16.

Militao in action for Porto against Roma in the Champions League

The 21-year-old, whose father Valdo played for Corinthians, received his first call-up to the senior Brazil squad in September and has won one cap.

Militao is comfortable playing either at right-back or in the centre of defence and also been deployed as a defensive midfielder.

Former United manager Jose Mourinho had made signing a new centre-back a priority, however, the club chose not to enter the transfer market last month after the Portuguese was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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