James Pearce would take Real Madrid's Eder Militao at Liverpool
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James Pearce would take Real Madrid's Eder Militao at Liverpool

James Pearce has delivered an interesting outlook in regards to a reported interested from Liverpool in Real Madrid defender Eder Militao. The 22-year-old is available on loan, according to reports.

This comes from Duncan Castles. He claims via the Transfer Window podcast that Los Blancos are prepared to listen to offers.

“Madrid are trying to offload the player, they want ideally to sell,” he said. “I’m told their asking price is €50 million [£44.5m].

“But there is the option there of getting Militao on a six-month loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Pearce was hosting a discussion ahead of Liverpool’s top-of-the-table encounter against Manchester United on Sunday. Naturally, at the halfway point of the transfer window, fans wanted to know about the club’s January plans, and as ever, Pearce was at hand to provide the latest.

The man in question was former Porto defender Militao. Liverpool supporters will best remember the Brazilian centre-back following Champions League bouts against the Portuguese outfit in 2019.

A potential move for the six-time Brazil international is dependent on availability, among other factors, club officials recently confirmed that any January incomings were unlikely this month.

Pearce, however, said that if a loan move for Militao was available then he’d explore the option although other variables such as wages and obligation to buy would have to be considered, also.

In response to a question in The Athletic’s Q&A, he said: “Personally, I’d take him [Militao] if he’s available but again we come back to whether LFC are prepared to go down the route of a short-term fix.

“If Real are prepared to sanction a loan you also have to factor in loan fee and any obligation to buy as well as his wages.”

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What RTK has to say

A move for Militao wouldn’t be totally unwarranted from Liverpool’s behalf. The Reds did try to sign him before he moved to Europe, after all, as per Goal.

Militao was outstanding during his time with Porto, too. As a result, it earned the versatile defender a lucrative move to the Spanish capital.

However, since his arrival in Spain, his fortunes haven’t fared as well as Militao would have hoped.

For one, he managed just 15 La Liga appearances last season – only 10 of which were starts. This term has begun in a similar capacity with Militao clocking up just three matches all season.

With that said, Militao isn’t up to speed yet and would take time to adapt to the Premier League without a proper pre-season under his belt.

Liverpool prefer to avoid short-term quick-fixes, unless they are for ready-made transformative signings such as Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

Also, as Pearce rightly acknowledged, there are other complications surrounding a loan deal such as wages and fees.

Indeed, Klopp would welcome a player of Militao’s quality with open arms given the club’s defensive crisis. However, such a scenario unfolding seems unlikely.

The last time Liverpool orchestrated a similar loan deal was for Steven Caulker back in 2016. We all know how that panned out, too.

Liverpool pride themselves on strategic thinking and long-term planning. They don’t entertain quick-fixes, after all. With that said, the reality is that as long as the team remain competitive, Klopp will conjure up solutions from within the squad.

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