1. Eric Dier
A lot of Tottenham fans will be very surprised to see Dier’s name on this list. For the record, I don’t want to see the Englishman sold. I do, however, acknowledge that it could be good business at the right price.
Reports are already running rampant that Manchester United are plotting a £40 million bid. That won’t be enough to pry him away from Pochettino, but it isn’t too far away from the required bid.
Imagine for a moment, that Mourinho sanctioned a £50 million bid for Dier. At that price, Pochettino and company would have to strongly consider selling. That sort of cash could fund the purchase of an attacking player that could transform the way Pochettino’s front line plays.
The reality is that Eric Dier is a man without a positional home for Spurs at the moment. He isn’t ideally suited to play in the back three, and Victor Wanyama has supplanted him in the defensive midfield. If he does stay at Tottenham through the summer, he might start the year as one of Pochettino’s top substitutes. That might not be a big enough role for a player of Dier’s talent and ego.