Eder Militao to Tottenham has now taken hold in the rumour mill and won’t be let go of so soon.

The claims appeared to start in England then spread to Spain and Portugal, with Italy’s Correire dello Sport now getting in on the act.

They state there’s ‘an offer from Mourinho’ for the defender, and that the manager has suggested the signing to those in charge at the Premier League club. After that nudge, Spurs contacted Madrid to ask about a loan with a right of redemption for the Brazilian.

In Spain, there’s not a great deal on the potential transfer in the past 24 hours, apart from a claimed exclusive from Defensa Central, a website which concentrates on Real Madrid.

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According to their claims, Zinedine Zidane isn’t opposed to Militao joining Tottenham on loan, and Madrid will consider the move should Spurs agree to pay the defender’s salary whilst he’s with them. That would cost the London club around €2.5m between now and the summer.

Militao has just 134 minutes of La Liga action so far this season, with his last appearance coming against SD Huesca in October. Such a situation makes it look like Spurs would have a good chance of a deal, if their claimed interest is correct.

Tottenham and Real Madrid have good lines of communication, having negotiated the deals for Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale in the summer window.