Report shares how Manchester City plan to sign Eder Militao for free

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad...

Manchester City are reportedly keen on Eder Militao.

Militao of Sao Paulo in action during the match between Sao Paulo and Santos for the Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Pacaembu Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

According to Yahoo Esporte in Brazil, Manchester City have devised a plan to land Sao Paulo defender Eder Militao for free as they look to fend off Chelsea.

City clinched the Premier League title over the weekend, first beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley Stadium before seeing Manchester United lose 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Pep Guardiola has now clinched a domestic double with the Premier League title and Carabao Cup, but the attention will swiftly turn to strengthening his squad for next season.

City are already being linked with a host of new signings, and recent reports from the Daily Mail suggested that City are looking to land Sao Paulo defender Eder Militao in a £20million raid.

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad...

However, Yahoo Esporte in Brazil have detailed that City don't want to pay that kind of money for Militao, and actually have a plan to sign the youngster for free.

It's claimed that City intend to sign Militao to a pre-contract agreement this summer as he will be inside the final six months of his deal, meaning he can join City for free in January 2019.

City would have to play the long game in their pursuit of Militao, but with Chelsea breathing down their necks in the race for his signature, City appear to be planning their clever move for the defender.

Militao, 20, is primarily a right back, but he can also play at centre back and in holding midifeld, with Guardiola no doubt attracted to his versatility.

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