Eder Militao has officially signed for Real Madrid from FC Porto in a £43.5 million deal (The Guardian).
The Brazilian will join up with his new team for the start of the 2019/2020 season.
Militao becomes returning manager Zinedine Zidane’s first signing of his second stint at the club, and will leave Porto after just one season after joining from Sao Paulo.
The versatile defender’s signing should provide some optimism for the Madrid fans, who have seen their team’s season fizzle out into nothing at an unusually early stage.
Los Blancos have nothing left to play for after falling too far behind Barcelona in the title race, and going out of the Copa del Rey and Champions League.
Militao is an exciting acquisition for Madrid and follows in the footsteps of Danilo and Pepe, but it’s worth remembering he was also a target for Everton recently.
Everton didn’t stand a chance
Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte reported last September that Everton were among the clubs interested in signing the starlet, despite only just joining Porto.
Manchester United and Liverpool were also credited with interest (The Sun).
One does have to wonder if Everton ever really stood a chance of signing Militao given the level of competition they faced from Europe’s elite.
The fact that he has moved for £43.5 million – the reported value of his release clause – suggests that Everton were never genuine contenders. Although they have paid similar money for Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, such cash for a young defender would be unheard of for the Toffees.
Also, there is actually a great lure about Real Madrid at the moment. Given their failures this term, players will be looking at the current crop and thinking there is a genuine chance of breaking into the starting XI under the legendary Zidane.