On Thursday, Real Madrid confirmed they have agreed a deal with FC Porto for the transfer of Eder Militao and the centre-back will sign a six-year deal with the 13-time European champions.

Los Blancos managed to beat competition for the 21-year-old’s signature as they were other clubs chasing him.

Manchester United being one.

On December 1st, we covered a report from A Bola, who explained the Red Devils initiated contacts with the Brazilian’s agent. Later that month, Record in Portugal claimed the Premier League side as a ‘shark’ circling to complete the defender’s signing.

Just days after Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Spanish capital club was confirmed, the club sealed the transfer for the talented centre-back .

Friday’s edition of AS explains his price being increased to €75m after June was one of the reasons Madrid moved quickly to seal the deal. Another reason being Manchester United had made a bid for the South American.  

The 13-time European champions wanted to scare their competitors [other clubs were interested in Militao], which is why they moved quickly to ensure they secured his services.

After disappointment in landing Militao, United could be looking elsewhere in the market for a centre-back.