Liverpool need to hijack Everton’s interest in Porto defender Eder Militao – who Marco Silva’s side are keen on signing to replace the declining Seamus Coleman – to sort out their own problems in defence and make sure they don’t allow their rivals to strengthen significantly.
What’s the word, then?
The Toffees, along with Manchester United, have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian defender as they look to patch up their respective issues in defence, although Porto are reportedly asking for a fee of around £50m for the Brazilian international defender.
Everton are keen on Militao to replace Coleman, as the 30-year-old has not been his usual self so far this season and appears to need replacing in the starting line-up with Silva setting about freshening up his back line – the 20-year-old can play at either right-back or centre-back, with his versatility a major selling point.
It almost doesn’t need saying that United are desperate for a centre-back, given Jose Mourinho’s well-documented demands for one back in the summer, so Militao is being lined up to play alongside Victor Lindelof presumably.
Why do Liverpool need him?
Well, like the Red Devils – who are currently missing Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo through injury – Liverpool are currently in the midst of their own injury crisis in defence. Jurgen Klopp is without all of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold at the moment, and may be forced into an unplanned dip into the transfer market for cover.
Whilst he would be an expensive choice for cover, Militao would most likely end up being more than just ‘cover’ for Klopp’s existing stars – he is one of Europe’s most coveted young players, and one that Liverpool should be all over regardless of their current situation.
The former Sao Paulo man is a mean tackler and a dominant aerial presence, whilst his ability on the ball is particularly commendable for a defensive player; his current ability, but obvious ceiling for improvement, must make him a main target for the Premier League title-chasers.