Manchester United have seen their hopes completely snuffed out by a snappy Real Madrid as Los Blancos beat the Mancunians to sign FC Porto fine star Eder Militao.
The 21-year-old had had his name scribbled down by the Manchester outfit on their summer short-list of targets as they had planned to snatch him from Porto when the summer window is flung open.
But they have been pipped to the finish line in signing the midfielder who joined Porto last summer from Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo.
United’s snail pace in beating down a good deal for Militao may have caused them to lose him to Real Madrid.
It is understood Real were willing to fork out the player’s €50 million price tag that was hanging down his neck. Porto would not flog the player unless suitors churned out that sum. And Real were quick to beat their English counterparts. News outlet Globo which spilled the news claimed that the player has penned down a six-year deal at the club, including undergoing a medical on Monday in Portugal.
Real urgently need a spring in their steps next season, and club honcho Florentino Pérez has caved to pressure, asking former manager Zinedine Zidane to return to helm and giving him the nod to splurge this summer. Reports milling out of the gossip factory say the Frenchman has been handed a £300m war chest to spend on transfers this summer.