Real Madrid have completed the first signing of Zinedine Zidane’s second spell in charge in FC Porto defender Eder Militao for €50m.
The Brazilian centre-back has agreed to join Real at the end of the season in a six-year contract, despite only joining Porto last summer from Sao Paulo.
In his first season of European football, Militao has made 34 appearances in all competitions for Porto and he’s impressed at the heart of the defence alongside former Real star Pepe.
The 21-year-old’s impressive displays in Europe led Brazil manager Tite to hand him his debut at senior level for the national team in September 2018 in a 5-0 friendly win over El Salvador.
And it appears that Militao will get further opportunities to impress for Brazil after being called-up to Tite’s 23-man squad for the upcoming international break, where the Selecao will take on Panama in Porto on March 23 and then the Czech Republic in Prague three days later.
Now Real have announced their capture of the highly-rated Militao earlier today after activating his €50m release clause at Porto.
“Real Madrid C. F. and FC Porto have agreed the transfer of Eder Militao and the player will sign on a six-year contract running until the 30th of June 2025,” read a statement on the club website.
It’s understood that Los Blancos wanted to wrap up a deal early for Militao as his release clause at Porto was set to rise up to €75m in July.
Another Brazilian that will arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu will be Santos youngster Rodrygo Goes, who will join in June on a six-year deal himself for a reported fee of €45m.
The 18-year-old forward has already made 45 appearances for Santos on his short career and he’s scored nine goals in the process.
For now though, Real’s efforts will be on preparing for Zidane’s second debut as manager on Saturday with Celta Vigo to meet them at the Bernabeu for a La Liga match.