Liverpool 'enter race for Man Utd target Eder Militao'

Eder Militao is a man in demand.
Eder Militao is a man in demand.

Manchester United face competition from Liverpool in the hunt for Porto’s defender Eder Militao, according to reports.

The one-cap Brazilian international has been linked to United in the last two months, when Jose Mourinho was manager. The rumours have not dissipated since Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s arrival as caretaker manager.

Mourinho had wanted to bring in a central defender in the summer, but was denied the chance to arrange possible deals for Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire, with reports that Ed Woodward did not consider any of them superior alternatives to United’s current central defenders.

United have conceded 31 goals in the league so far this season, the worst record of any team in the top half of the table.

However Jurgen Klopp now said to taking an interest in the versatile defender, who can play at right-back and through the middle of defence, as well as in midfield.

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Amid the interest from two Premier League sides, Porto want to sign him up to a contract with an increased release clause despite signing a deal in the summer that runs until 2023. His current release clause stands at £42.5 million.

The Mirror reports that it is not just the Premier League rivals who are interested in the player, mentioning Manchester City, Barcelona, Roma and Borussia Dortmund as potential suitors.

While reports in Portugal suggest that United lead the race for his signature, Klopp is considering a move to bolster his squad following injuries to both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, and a busy fixture schedule in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League on the horizon.