The surprise signing of Manchester City’s upcoming summer transfer window could be the versatile Brazilian defender Éder Militão, who has been linked with a move to the Etihad by a host of sources in recent days.
The word from Globo Esporte in Brazil is that no offer has arrived yet from Man City or anyone else, but that his club, São Paulo, are open to selling for the right price.
More information on this potential deal has surfaced courtesy of Caio Carrieri from Brazil’s UOL Esporte today.
Carrieri says Pep Guardiola’s interest in Militão is indeed real and that City scouts have been monitoring the 20-year-old since he was a kid in the São Paulo youth ranks. His ability to play as a right-back, centre-back and defensive midfielder has caught the eye, with Guardiola known to be a fan of versatile players.
Because of his talents, City see him as a player with the potential to play at a very high level in Europe, although this does not mean with certainty that they will make a formal bid.
City are considering an offer, but not at the £20million fee mooted in the English press – the Blues would be looking to make an initial offer of up to €10million (£8.6million) for Militão.
The former Brazil youth international would be viewed as an investment and long-term project, rather than a Gabriel Jesus who goes straight into the Manchester City first team squad. The plans for Militão would be similar to those of another Brazilian plucked straight from the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A last year, Douglas Luiz.
Douglas was immediately sent on loan to Spanish partner club Girona FC, and that could be an option for Militão were City to purchase him, but other possibilities would be considered, such as a club in the Netherlands.
São Paulo would like to extend Militão’s contract, which is due to expire in 2019, and should they be successful with that, City would consider other options. If the player decides on a European adventure, then he may well be one of Pep Guardiola’s summer signings.
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