Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has set his sights on Tottenham’s international midfelder Eric Dier, and is prepared to offer £50 million for the 23 year old Englishman.
Mourinho wants another defensive midfielder in his ranks, with Michael Carrick approaching the end of his Old Trafford career and Ander Herrara needing support. Initially Chelsea’s Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic had been his preferred option, but Chelsea seem to have no interest in selling to one of their main rivals and will be even more reluctant to with United having hijacked their purchase of Romelu Lukaku, so Mourinho will now focus on Dier and look to bring him to Old Trafford.
Tottenham will be reluctant to sell one of their stars, but may not be able to resist the cash, with so much of their own finances committed to the rebuilding of their stadium at White Hart Lane. Dier may also like the idea of being the first choice option in his defensive midfielder role, having to compete with Victor Wanyama currently at Tottenham. Dier is currently under contract at Tottenham until 2021 but with money not a problem, Mourinho will look to pile on the pressure and test the resolve of the Tottenham board.
United are also being linked with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, although Paris St Germain seem very determined to bring him to France and will likely outbid anything that United table.
- ERIC DIER 2016/17 STATS
- Appearances : 48 (all for Tottenham Hotspur)
- Goals : 2
- Assists : 2
- Yellow Cards : 8
- Red Cards : 0
- Number of Passes : 2740
- Passing Accuracy : 85%