Real Madrid and Manchester United interested in €40m defender

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Real Madrid are always on the lookout for top youngsters and they have been very successful when it comes to recruiting Brazilian talents. Vinicius Junior is arguably destined to win the Ballon d'Or, especially if Los Blancos win the Champions League. Rodrygo is a top player as well while Eder Militao has returned from an ACL injury and gotten straight back into the starting XI.

Endrick is set to arrive in the summer from Palmeiras and he looks like another player who is destined for the very top of the game. And it looks like Real Madrid have their eyes on another Brazilian international.

As reported by TuttoJuve, Manchester City look set to be without Yan Couto next season and the club estimates that they can obtain a transfer fee around €40 million euros for the Brazilian player. There is interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Juventus. 

Couto has already proven himself in Spanish football. He has enjoyed an excellent season on loan at Girona, who have secured Champions League qualification.

Real Madrid and Manchester United interested in €40m defender

The problem for Couto is that Manchester City already have arguably the best right-back in the world in Kyle Walker. His current deal is believed to run until the summer of 2026. The club also have Rico Lewis, who is getting minutes in Pep Guardiola's side and making an impact, while playing a variety of roles.

So, departing Manchester City might be the most logical step for Couto. Especially with so many top clubs seemingly interested in him.

As for Real Madrid, Dani Carvajal has continued to perform at a very high level and is still the starter for Los Blancos, as they look to complete a Champions League and La Liga double. But he is 32 years of age and sooner or later, the club will need to bring in a replacement. Why not someone like Couto, who has already shown his quality in Spain and at 21, is only expected to get better moving forward?