Reports in Spain this week have focused on Chelsea interest in Eder Militao – apparently spurred on by interest specifically from Thomas Tuchel in the defender.
The Brazilian center-back has established himself as a regular fixture in the heart of the defence for the current LaLiga leaders, making 30 appearances in all competitions this season.
Eder has some fantastic, Antonio Rudiger-like qualities which would make him a great replacement for the out of contract German. Just like Rudiger, an aggressive, front foot defender, but with the recovery pace to be able to play that way.
The Blues are rumoured to be planning a call to the Spanish giants at the end of the season in order to appease their German management.
Real Madrid bought the Brazilian defender from Porto in 2019 for €50 million (£41 million).
Militao is now under contract at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025, but is thought to be one of the club’s lowest earners, earning €3 million (£2.5 million) each year.
After a rocky start to his career at the club, he has emerged as one of the team’s most valuable assets this season.
Chelsea may find it tough to persuade Real Madrid to sell, and Militao seems content with life at the club that leads LaLiga by four points.
During the previous summer transfer window, the Blues sought to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde as a center-back.
They were on the verge of signing the Frenchman, but Sevilla’s sports director Monchi eventually agreed to manager Julen Lopetegui’s appeal to keep the 23-year-old.
Chelsea’s chances of extending the contracts of Rudiger, Christensen, and Azpilicueta are dwindling as their current contracts expire in the summer.
They were able to re-sign Thiago Silva, who is now under contract until the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.