March 14, 2019 / 12:29 PM / 11 days ago

Real Madrid to sign Porto's Militao in 50 million euros deal

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group D - FC Porto v Schalke 04 - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - November 28, 2018 FC Porto's Eder Militao in action with Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

(Reuters) - Real Madrid will sign Porto’s Brazil international defender Eder Militao at the end of the season for 50 million euros (42.7 million pounds), the Portuguese club said on Thursday.

The 21-year-old has agreed a six-year contract with Madrid and will become coach Zinedine Zidane’s first signing after his return to the Santiago Bernabeu this week, while the transfer fee is a record for a Portuguese club.

Militao, who joined Porto last year from Sao Paulo, made his Brazil debut last September in a 5-0 friendly win over El Salvador.

He will add competition to a Madrid defence that continues to depend on an ageing Sergio Ramos, who was suspended as they crashed out of the Champions League with a 4-1 home defeat to Ajax Amsterdam earlier this month.

Reporting by Anita Kobylinska; Editing by Toby Davis

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