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MADRID (AP) Real Madrid has signed young Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Portuguese club Porto.

Madrid says the 21-year-old player signed a contract until June 2025 and will join the squad next season.

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Militao had been playing with Porto since signing from Brazilian club Sao Paulo at the beginning of this season. He played 34 matches with the Portuguese champions, scoring three goals, including one in the group stage of the Champions League. He has been a key piece for a Porto team that has reached the quarterfinals of the European competition.

Madrid says Militao is a quick defender who can play in the middle of the defense or as a right back. He can also help as a defensive midfielder if needed.

He made his debut with Brazil’s national team last year.

Real Madrid, again under coach Zinedine Zidane, hosts Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Saturday.

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Transfer rumor roundup: Militao to Real, Man Utd; Higuain-Morata swap

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We begin Thursday’s run through the rumor mill with a player reported to be one of the final transfer requests of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

The Red Devils are whispered to still have interest in Eder Militao under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Real Madrid is hot on the heels of the Porto center back.

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The once-capped Brazilian arrived from Sao Paolo in August, and is just 20 years old. He also plays right back and defensive mid. He scored against Schalke in the UEFA Champions League as Porto won its group, and is well-rated in league play.

Meanwhile, Chelsea is looking to the attack, with Maurizio Sarri still seeking a reunion with former Napoli pal Gonzalo Higuain.

Sarri is said to be hoping to lure Juventus into a swap deal for Alvaro Morata, as Juve still owns the rights to Higuain. The striker is on loan to AC Milan, but Chelsea could reportedly buy out the deal and send Morata the other way as a makeweight.

According to Football Italia, this would put Morata with Milan. The Spaniard scored 27 goals over 95 appearances in two seasons at Juve.

Elsewhere…

— L’Equipe says Liverpool has been talking with Adrien Rabiot‘s representatives as the touchy Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is frozen out in Ligue 1 for his refusal to sign a new deal.

— Finally, Fulham is kicking the tires on Irish midfielder James McCarthy, who has been with Everton since moving from Wigan Athletic in 2013. He’s been out for nearly a year after suffering a broken leg, but is back in training.