Manchester Untied are planning to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier as part of Mourinho’s plans to strengthen the Red Devils’ defence in the summer, The Telegraph reports.
Dier has been used by Mauricio Pochettino predominantly on the right side of a three-man defence, but he is equally capable of fitting into the holding midfielder and right-back roles.
Early reports suggested that United pulled out of plans to sign the 23-year-old in January amidst doubts whether Spurs would allow their man to switch to their rivals mid-season. Spurs’ owner Daniel Levy is renowned for his ability to protract transfers in order to squeeze out every last penny out of them, and will seek to do exactly that should United go for Dier in the summer.
The England international extended his contract with Spurs to 2021 last year and is likely to command a fee in excess of 40 million.
He rose to prominence during the Euro 2016, drawing plaudits from a number of popular football men, among which Carlo Ancelotti who described him as ‘one of the best players at the tournament.”
Regardless of winning the title this year, Spurs will be on the crossroads at the end of this season when they will have to decide whether to further build on their success or sell their star players in order to fund their planned move to a new stadium.
Pochettino has calmed the rumours linking Dier to United, but could be persuaded to let go of his man if Burnley’s Michael Keane is brought in as replacement.