Manchester United to beat Liverpool to signing of £45 million man Militao
Transfer guru Duncan Castles has claimed Manchester United will beat Liverpool to the signing of Eder Militao.
The Brazilian only joined Porto last summer but has excelled in the Super League and his performances have caught the attentions of both United and Liverpool.
Despite having the best defensive record in the Premier League, Liverpool are short on depth at the back and one or two serious injuries would leave them in big issues and not the right cover.
United on the other-hand need to improve the back-line for the sake of their season, they have not been good enough over the past few months and although they have had a good run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, their problems have not been sorted.
And Castles has explained why he is confident United will do a deal for the 21-year-old.
“They like his speed, they like the simplicity of his game, they like his physique and it seems clear that he won’t be much longer at Porto,” he told the Transfer Window Podcast.
“If it doesn’t happen in this window, I would expect it to happen in the summer for sure barring a very bad injury on the part of the player.
“He’s a player who’s been scouted by top clubs in Europe last summer, but Porto had been prepared to take him out of Sao Paolo and obviously the top clubs have continued to scout him.
“They’re now watching him play Champions League players and play for Porto at the top of the Portuguese League.
“And they like even more what they see now he’s in Europe, he’s taken that step, he’s entered that adaptation process which can be quite difficult for South Americans.”
Is Militao worth £60 million right now?
United and Liverpool both need world class signings to improve the back-lines and signing a youngster for the kind of money that is being talked about, would not be good value for money.
He still has a lot to prove and needs a lot more development before he is ready for the Premier League, so for now, both should focus spending that kind of money and read-made players that will make an impact now.