Premier League clubs seem to be finally getting closer to making their bids for São Paulo defender Éder Militão.
The report is actually made by the Portuguese press, where there’s been some big interest in this chase, as Porto are also said to be in the race.
Newspaper A Bola claims Chelsea and Manchester City, both interested on the player, could be advancing with bids ‘very soon’.
But it shouldn’t be very easy for them to take the player. Even though claims from Brazil have been saying that €2m could be enough to sign him, A Bola claims that a Portuguese club, unnamed, has already offered €10m for 70% of his rights.
Since Premier League clubs are not allowed to buy only a percentage of the player, they shouldn’t only surpass that amount, but also bid for the 100%, making it a little more expensive.
Manchester City’s interest in Militão was reported everywhere last week, but this is the first time we’ve been reading about Chelsea’s chase in a report that is not from England.
Both clubs would have the chance to sign the player on a pre-contract at the end of the season, since his current deal with São Paulo expires in January next year.
But with all these sides interested, some millions will have to be spent in order to guarantee the signing before the competition.
“Higher” – Brazilian star thinks his value is above £25m if Chelsea decide to sell
The Daily Mail‘s interview with Kenedy, Willian and David Luiz is brilliant for many reasons, but particularly in the way that it goes into detail with the former, talking about his loan to the North East and his childhood in Brazil.
At one point he’s asked about his future, and how much he might be worth should Chelsea try to sell him. He didn’t want to put a price on himself, but the journalist suggested £25m. Kenedy’s response was simple: “higher”.
It was probably tongue in cheek, and he seems like a very humble man, but there’s no doubt that he would command more than that figure if he carries on playing as well as he has done since linking up with Rafa Benitez in the North East.
Playing regularly, and playing well, has done wonders for his value. The question is whether selling him is the right option.