Manchester United have a shot at signing Eric Dier
Jose Mourinho is keen on adding several Tottenham players to his Manchester United squad this summer. While there’s no chance of United adding Harry Kane, the Red Devils do have an outside shot at tempting Spurs into parting with Eric Dier.
The Sun reports that Mourinho is considering a bid of approximately £35 million for the English international. While that sum won’t be enough to tempt Daniel Levy into letting go of a key squad member, it’s in the ballpark of what might be required to get a deal done.
Let’s face facts, Dier has had a very poor season. He’s failed to follow-up his banner 2015-16 campaign with even a solid 2016-17. In fairness, it hasn’t been an easy year for Dier. He came into the year fatigued by a taxing summer for England in Euro competition. The addition of Victor Wanyama to his squad soon knocked him out of Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI.
Then, before he could fully recover, he was pressed into service in the Spurs back four. An early season injury to Jan Vertonghen forced him back into regular playing time. Unfortunately for Dier’s personal progression, he’s been unable to move back into defensive midfield full time. In a sense, it’s been a lost season for the Tottenham star.
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in fairness, Pochettino hasn’t wavered in his support for Dier. He still seems to value him as a part of the club’s long-term future. The question is just how much the Argentine gaffer still values Dier.
I can literally feel the anger of Tottenham’s fan base rising as they read this piece. Stop and think for a moment though. Surely there’s a price where you’d be OK saying goodbye to Dier. From an economics perspective, every member of the squad has their price.
What if United were willing to pay £50 million for Dier? Tottenham could turn that sort of transfer fee into a really exciting talent at a position of need. The equation may hit you much differently if you look at it through this lens. Would you be willing to sell Eric Dier to Manchester United if the funds allowed Spurs to purchase a striker like Kylian Mbappe?
Maybe that wouldn’t be enough for you, but I can guarantee you it’s a question that Daniel Levy will ask himself this summer. Translating the squad from good to great isn’t going to be easy. Some fan favourites will be sold. The idea that Eric Dier would be shipped off to Manchester United this summer isn’t nearly as crazy as it first sounds.