Who is Éder Militão and Why do Manchester United Want Him?

Another transfer window, another young Porto defender. This time the talent in question is none other than Éder Militão. The powerful Brazilian is adept in either full-back position but most comfortable in the heart of the defence.

After arriving at Porto from Brazilian giants São Paulo in the summer, the aerially dominant Militão has already torn up enough trees to get him linked with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as Manchester United. No small feat.

Standing at six foot one, the twenty-year-old already possesses Champions League and international experience, including his first European goal against Schalke and making his first senior appearance for Brazil against El Salvador) Despite his impeccable start, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been urged by the Man Utd fanbase to bring in another central defender and with a fee far from astronomical (around £40m), Militão could be it.

What Would He Bring?

Éder hasn’t missed a game for 2018 champions Porto, and you can see why. Averaging nearly two interceptions a game, Os Dragões’ number three is more than able to step out the back and start attacks. Making over fifty passes a game, it’s clear to see that Porto head coach Sérgio Conceição has faith in the young Brazilian.

Issues?

Despite Conceiçao’s confidence in the young centre-half, I see it differently. He looks shaky, uncomfortable on his weaker left foot and occasionally nervous under pressure. This can be backed up by the fact that he has completed only one dribble in Liga Nos this season, and averages five clearances per game. That’ll agitate the Old Trafford crowd.

Nevertheless for only £40m (yes that’s considered cheap nowadays), Manchester United would be getting a versatile central-defender with bags of potential and someone that could certainly sure up that shaky looking back four (only three clean sheets, same as Huddersfield). Wherever he goes, we wish him the best.

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