Brazilian outlet UOL has linked Liverpool with a move for FC Porto’s Eder Militao.
They claim that Liverpool, or any other club, would have to pay 50 million euros to sign Militao. And there are some big rivals, too.
UOL names Manchester United, Real Madrid and Everton as the competition. Now, one of those stands out as less threatening than the others but it’s clear that Liverpool would face competition.
Who is Eder Militao?
Eder Militao is a 20-year-old Brazilian defender for FC Porto, capable of playing at both right-back and centre-back. He only joined the club in the summer from Sao Paulo but has quickly established himself as a first-choice player.
Do Liverpool need Eder Militao?
‘Need’ is a bit strong, in all honesty; Militao would be a great player to have but there’s little reason to meet the huge fee otherwise.
Joe Gomez fills the exact same role as a right-sided defender and he’s only 21 himself. Similarly, Liverpool’s first-choice right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, is only 20.
Militao would make more sense if there were ageing defenders ready to be replaced. He’ll want to be first-choice at a new club – as a 50m euro defender should be – and Liverpool can’t guarantee him that.
They can’t even guarantee him a starting place in the next five years as his two biggest rivals will be making the same developments at the same age.
It’s a lot of money for what would be a luxury signing. Though he’s a big talent, he’d still need time to adapt to a new country at a higher level. That’s a big ask of a 20-year-old with two-and-a-half seasons, two of which came in Brazil.
Doubts over Gomez’s fitness might make it more feasible but replacing him would be very rash.
How likely is it?
It’s very likely that Liverpool are tracking him – top clubs will track all elite prospects. As for actually signing him, things are trickier.
Liverpool can’t guarantee Eder Militao a first-choice place like United and possibly Real can – not even long-term. That’s a problem right from the start and one that makes them less likely to match any large fees.
Things would open up if they moved onto other targets. Although, for a player of this talent, it’s difficult to see why they would.