At the start of the month, a report came from Correio da Manhã claiming that Éder Militão could leave Porto in January for €42.5m, a lower amount than the €50m release clause which everyone was aware of.
That story didn’t get much attention in Portugal, and since then, several clubs have been added to Manchester United in the race. That would be Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Now this Thursday, several Portuguese newspapers all share the same information, saying the €50m is indeed not valid for the January market. The price, however, is going up, and not down.
Correio da Manhã, Jornal de Notícias, Record and O Jogo all say that to take the player in January, clubs would have to pay €75m.
Record says that when signing the defender from São Paulo on a €4m deal in the summer, Porto knew Militão would soon be impressing other European sides. That’s why they added the clause to make it hard for him to leave so soon.
With several reports from Spain saying Real Madrid are interested, it’s the Galacticos who get more attention in the stories today. However, Man United watched the defender this week, according to reports.