On Thursday, we covered the claims from the Daily Mail which said Manchester City are interested in the São Paulo defender Éder Militão.
Even though we don’t doubt the interest, we made it clear that it doesn’t make any sense for the Premier League side to offer £20m for him, especially with his contract running out in January.
Now Brazilian website UOL Esporte comes up with some interesting claims, which finally make a lot of sense about this chase.
The outlet says Manchester City have been following Militão for years, and now that he’s settled in São Paulo’s first team, they are considering a move to sign him.
That doesn’t mean they will be taking him directly to the Premier League, as the plan would be to loan him out to some other European side.
Now the most interesting part is that UOL agrees that £20m would be too much for a player who can sign a pre-contract in the summer. They’ve heard that Manchester City are actually preparing to pay up to €10m for Militão.
But what the Premier League club are doing for now is to wait and see how the player’s negotiations for a new contract go. In case Militão and São Paulo find a deal, then the figures should have a big change. If the talks don’t get anywhere, then City will step in and try to find an agreement.