According to Bild, Tottenham are targeting a summer swoop for Real Madrid defender Eder Militao.
The future of centre-back Jan Vertonghen remains up in the air, with reports in recent days and weeks even suggesting that he could be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer once his contract expires.
Naturally, the north London side appear to be looking to strengthen the centre of their defence, and according to German publication Bild, they have got their eyes set on Militao.
The report claims that along with the Brazilian, they also have the likes of Youcef Atal, Jamal Lewis, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcel Sabizter on their summer wish-list.
With 40 Premier League goals conceded this season in just 29 games, Spurs have the joint-worst defensive record in the top ten. It’s an area of the pitch that many would have expected Jose Mourinho to fix once he came into the dugout to replace Mauricio Pochettino as manager.
But instead, the north Londoners have looked just as leaky as under Pochettino, You only have to look their recent games against the likes of RB Leipzig (away), Wolves, Aston Villa and Southampton to see that – all four of those games were played after February and they let in at least two goals in each of them.
It simply hasn’t been a typical Mourinho defence, and with Vertonghen’s future unclear, a new centre-back should be at the top of the agenda. And that is why a move for Militao makes so much sense.
The £36m-rated ace has only played a bit-part role for Madrid this season, but has performed well when he has had the chance. As per Whoscored, he averages 1.9 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game in La Liga, and last year, his teammate Casemiro, spoke glowingly of the ability he has.
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He said: “I’ve got to congratulate Real Madrid for signing him because half of Europe wanted him. Militao has earned the right to play at the best club in the world and he’ll be very welcome next season.”
Whilst it may not have worked out for him as well as he would have hoped in Madrid, Mourinho could really use Militao as someone to help transform his defence.