Manchester City are willing to invest €10million in fees to land São Paulo defender Éder Militão despite his contract being up next January, Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte reports.
The Blues are known admirers of the versatile defender and have been repeatedly linked with him since early April, but face competition from FC Porto and Inter Milan.
Both City and Inter have approached his player’s representatives to seek more information and open talks, and the Premier League champions are willing to flaunt their financial strength by handing over €10million in fees to get the talented 20-year-old.
Militão’s contract at Brazilian giants São Paulo runs out on January 11, 2019, and he will soon be free to sign a pre-contract that would mean his current club receive no financial compensation.
In a desperate attempt to not be left empty-handed, São Paulo have offered the player a new deal with a wage rise, that would also include a reasonable release clause making him affordable to clubs. They are yet to hear back from his representatives.
The negotiations are being conducted by Ulysses Jorge, Militão’s main manager, and Giuliano Bertolucci, who played a big role in a deal that saw Luiz Araújo leave São Paulo for Lille in France.
These are the men talking with Manchester City, who are hoping to make a shrewd investment by bringing in another highly-rated player straight from Brazil, as they did Gabriel Jesus and Douglas Luiz.
Militão’s ability to play as a right-back, centre-back and defensive midfielder has caught the eye of City scouts, with Guardiola known to be a fan of versatile players. If he does wind up at the Etihad Stadium, it remains to be seen if he’d be part of Pep’s plans or loaned out.
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