Liverpool have the chance to sign Eder Militao, according to reports. It’s a move that would feel like desperation, however.
This comes from the Sunday World. They believe that Liverpool ‘were made aware’ of Eder Militao and his availability recently.
The Brazilian isn’t in the pecking order at Real Madrid, barely featuring this season. There’s reportedly potential for a loan move, per Goal, but Los Blancos would want £44m as a purchase fee.
There are reasons Liverpool may want to sign a defender this month, given the injury crisis. This move, though, would be one that smacks of desperation.
We said similar about reports Liverpool could move for Merih Demiral. It was similar to this one, in fact.
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A big fee for a player who has been out of first-team football for a little while now. And that’s the biggest problem here.
We recently pointed out that the Militao deal sounds better than it actually is. He’s a talent, certainly, but there’s no way he’s match-fit. And given that Liverpool take a while to integrate non-stars anyway, that’s a huge problem.
And that’s just with a pure loan. We don’t think Militao would affect things much this season, even if he came in tomorrow. The only way he’d play is if Liverpool can’t run either Joel Matip or Fabinho.
And maybe they just don’t want to rely on Matip anymore – we’d understand that. But that’s a desperate situation to be in.
That would mean Liverpool have no senior centre-halves this season and are looking for any kind of decent deal to find one.
Militao would be that and in that situation, he makes sense. But it’s undeniably one that points to desperation.
Long-term gain is only there if you pay £44m for Militao and we find that unrealistic. There’s next to no chance that he puts in good enough performances by May that the Reds would pay that.
So to sum up, we don’t think this is an ideal move at all. And yet, we’d completely understand if Liverpool took it.
It’s something that would point to absolute desperation with their injury crisis but in that situation, why not? It’s certainly not a move Liverpool would usually make – far from it.
But in desperate times, its perhaps one they have to.