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MANCHESTER UNITED have been shot down by Porto's president regarding their interest in Eder Militao.

The Red Devils are said to be in hot pursuit of the defender, who is currently valued at €50m (£45m).

Militao is attracting interest from across Europe but last month a report by UOL Esporte stated United were in pole position due to Jose Mourinho's Porto connection.
'The Special One' has since been dismissed by United - and the Portuguese outfit have now added more doubt over a potential deal by issuing a staunch denial of the report, claiming the 20-year-old will not be sold in January.
“There has been talk of one or two clubs, who were careful to call me to say that the interest was a lie," Porto president Pinto da Costa told O Jogo.
"Militao will not leave in January. Then let’s see.
“He has a release clause - but we are trying to negotiate a contract renewal to increase the clause because we want to keep him.
"He arrived three months ago and three months ago no one thought of him.”
UOL Esporte last week claimed Militao's release clause stands at €50m (£45m) and the player's agent Kia Joorabchian will try to ensure United meet that valuation next month.
The 20-year-old was watched by United scouts recently as Porto ran out 4-1 winners over Portimonense.
But Militao is also being chased by Everton and Chelsea, according to the Brazilian report.
However, the Blues would have to overcome differences with Joorabchian and Militao's other representatives Giuliano Bertolucci and Jorge Ulisses to secure a deal.
Militao is already a regular at Porto, despite his inexperience at the top level in Portugal.
New Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told he will have a say in any January deals, despite only being in charge until the end of the season.
"I will have an input, of course. The job now is to get to know the players, observe them and see the qualities we've got," he told reporters.
"The club have got their recruitment and scouting, so I'm sure they've got their targets.
"But I've not sat down and talked about that, because my job is to get these players enjoying football."

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