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Report: Club willing to let their centre-back link up with Spurs, Lionel Messi deemed him a ‘phenomenal talent’

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Report: Club willing to let their centre-back link up with Spurs, Lionel Messi deemed him a ‘phenomenal talent’

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a boost in their reported pursuit of Eder Militao, with Real Madrid said to be willing to let the defender leave on loan.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly eager to strengthen his options at the back and has set his sights on the out-of-favour Brazilian from his former club, according to AS.

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Militao, meanwhile, has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot in Zinedine Zidane’s team since his move from Porto in 2019, with 10 La Liga starts last season and no first-team action since October 31.

Tottenham were linked with the 6ft 1in centre-back last year and, now he has fallen further down the pecking order in the Spanish capital, he is reportedly back on the North Londoners’ radar.

And ccording to Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Zidane is open to Militao leaving the Bernabeu and Real, aware of Tottenham’s interest, could consider letting him go.

 

As per the report, Los Blancos could also consider making Spurs pay his salary for the remainder of the campaign – 2.5m Euro, or around £2.3million.

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While Militao may be out of favour at Real, he is certainly a talented player who has impressed throughout most of his senior career – indeed, Mourinho was said to have monitored the defender while he was at Manchester United (Manchester Evening News).

The 22-year-old is confident playing out from the back, comfortable with the ball, isn’t afraid to dribble forward from defence, seldom makes mistakes, and has a great eye for passing and crossing, courtesy of his stints at right-back in Brazil.

Militao even received the Lionel Messi stamp of approval last year, the Barca talisman naming him in his 15 “youth on the rise” players for Topps Champions League cards and saying, as quoted by Give Me Sport: “A phenomenal talent and fierce competitor.”

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