Eric Dier, a central defender for Tottenham Hotspur, will cost €4 million to join Bayern Munich, which the German giants have agreed to pay.
During Mauricio Pochettino’s time at Tottenham, Dier—who has been a member of the team for over 10 years—started in the centre of the park with Mousa Dembele and was a vital member of the Lilywhites.
With nearly 350 games played for Spurs, the 29-year-old has witnessed a significant decrease in playing time under new boss Ange Postecoglou. The injuries to Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven have prevented Dier from starting more than one Premier League game; in their place, full-backs Emerson Royal and Ben Davies have been selected.
Dier has already agreed to personal terms ahead of a physical checkup in Munich, and Bayern has been looking for a new centre-back for some time. It has been reported that a contract for €4 million (£3.4 million) is in place.
When asked about his upcoming move, the 29-year-old told reporters, “FC Bayern is a wonderful club.” Dier will now join Harry Kane. The captain of England moved there last summer and has already set a record with 21 goals in his first 15 Bundesliga appearances.
Regarding Dier’s impending relocation, Thomas Tuchel stated during his Thursday morning news conference: “We know from experience that things can go wrong in a few seconds. We are attempting to close the transaction while he is in Munich.”
“He is essentially an expert in the middle defensive position, in my opinion. He has experience playing as a holding midfielder. We can free up Leon Goretzka in midfield by using him in both back four and three-man formations, which eliminates the need for him to alternate between playing as a No. 8 and being deeper. We’ll see if anything else happens as we continue to work on other positions.”
The club had also attempted to recruit Romanian international Radu Dragusin from Genoa, but Tottenham beat them to sign him.