Manchester United will have to contend with Premier League rivals Chelsea in their quest to prise a South American star from one of the top European clubs.
It was revealed earlier in the week that the Red Devils are interested in FC Porto defender Eder Militao who has a €50m buyout clause in his contract with the Portuguese champions.
Duncan Castles of the The Times broke the news and it has been picked up by Portuguese paper A Bola which added the interest of 2012 Champions League winners Chelsea.
It was further disclosed that Manchester United have already made the first move by contacting his agents.
Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci have been contacted by the Red Devils over a possible move for the Brazilian international player.
Eder Militao is a versatile player that can play in at least three positions.
The 20-year-old can function as a right-back, a central defender and a defensive midfielder.
The Brazilian is also a full international having made his debut for the five-time world champions earlier this year.
He featured in his first game for Brazil in a 5-0 win over El Salvador in September.
Eder Militao signed for FC Porto this summer from Brazilian Serie A side Sao Paulo.