Spurs have reportedly reignited their interest in Real Madrid outcast Eder Militao.
The 22-year-old moved to the Spanish capital from Porto for a £43 million fee in July 2019.
But the defender has only made 23 appearances for Real, with his most recent setback being a positive coronavirus test in November.
According to sources in Spain (via the Daily Mail), Spurs boss Jose Mourinho wants to help end Militao’s Real misery.
He wants the club to sign the centre back this month, which would also give him a good backup option in the squad.
They were previously linked with the player last March, although a move never materialised.
Mourinho can currently rely on first choice centre backs Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld. Dier has a good season in particular, helping Spurs to reach six clean sheets in the Premier League.
Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon can also play there, but it’s thought that Mourinho wants to strengthen his squad further.
One stumbling block for Spurs will be the asking price. Real want a sum similar to the £43 million they paid for him in 2019.
That would help them in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who could cost upwards of £90 million.
The North London side will probably want to pay less for a player that has featured so little in recent seasons.
Militao emerged as a promising young centre back during his time in Portugal. He made 47 appearances for Porto, scoring five goals.
Zinedine Zidane hasn’t been too impressed by the player, as demonstrated by his lack of game time.
Zidane tends to play superstars Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, so it’s easy to see why Militao hasn’t become a first team regular.
Signing Militao could become a good piece of business for Spurs, if they can get him on the cheap.
It would also give the Brazilian international a chance to prove himself in a top league.