Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Eder Militao gestures during the Spanish league football match RCD Mallorca against Real Madrid CF at the Iberostar estadi stadium in Palma de Mallorca on October 19, 2019. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP) (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid’s Eder Militao could be on the move this winter window if reports from Mundo Deportivo are to be believed. It is understood that Tottenham have paid close attention to the situation surrounding Militao and are weighing up an offer for the Real Madrid defender.

Tottenham Hotspur successfully materialised two deals with Real in the summer as Sergio Reguillon and Gareth Bale headed towards the London based club. A third deal in the form of out of sorts defender, Eder Militao could be on the cards for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Eder Militao has struggled for game time at the Spanish capital post his record transfer move over a season and a half ago from Portuguese side Porto. Militao featured for the Whites 15 times in his first season but has managed just three appearances across all competitions this time around.

If recent developments are to be put into consideration, Militao is actually Zidane’s third-choice centre back option with the extremely versatile Nacho Fernandez being considered by the gaffer lately. This was certainly not what Militao wanted when he packed his bags for Madrid in 2019.

In the 2020/21 season thus far, Militao has played only a 135 minutes in the white of Madrid. The Brazilian defender’s last appearance for Los Blancos came way back in October as Real were 4-1 winners against Huesca.

The Whites signed Militao for a club-record fee in the region of €60 million, the most the club has splurged on a defender. However, with the way Militao has been used by Zidane, it is hard to understand as to why the club would splash that sort of money on a player who would barely feature for the next two seasons.

MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 30: Eder Militao looks on from the bench prior to the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CD Leganes at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 30, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

English daily, The Mail claims in a separate report that Real Madrid could be lured by the attention shown by Jose Mourinho’s side if an offer is received at par with the sum Real burnt to sign the defender in the first place. Tottenham are considering to increase their defensive options and Militao fits the bill for Jose.

The Whites are being linked with a couple of major signings in the coming summer and the only way to arrange those sort of funds during a global pandemic would be to free up their squad. Real have been linked with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland and it would not be easy to fund these transfers without a significant inflow of funds.

Should Madrid sell Militao?

The Whites would be at the greatest disadvantage if they sell Militao considering the Sergio Ramos contract situation. Ramos and Madrid have failed to come to a conclusion for the contract renewal thus far. Even if Ramos signs an extension, it is hard to see the 34-year-old defender carry on at the very top level of football for many more years to come.

Militao is certainly the defender the Santiago Bernabeu faithful would want in their side. The versatile defender can be slotted anywhere across the back-line and can also play as a defensive midfielder. Militao is also confident with the ball at his feet and barely puts a pass wrong. At just 22 years of age, Real would be foolish to let Militao leave on a permanent basis.

What should Real Madrid do instead?

It would be in the best interest of all the parties involved if Militao is loaned out for the remainder of the season with first-team opportunities seeming hard to come by at Madrid. With Tottenham interested in him, Militao can make the switch to London on a temporary basis where he would stand a better chance of getting minutes competing with Eric Dier and Joe Rodon.