According to reports in The Mirror, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to follow up the capture of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku by launching a £60m bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfilder Eric Dier, despite the midfielder only signing a new five-year deal worth £70,000-a-week in September.
Well, Mourinho is looking to sign a new holding midfielder despite Michael Carrick extending his contract at Old Trafford until 2018, and The Mirror says he is eager to bring Dier to the club in that role.
However, the report says that Spurs are ready to resist all offers for the 23-year-old and have told the Red Devils that he is not for sale.
However, The Mirror adds that Mourinho isn’t ready to give up that easily though, and he wants Ed Woodward to submit an offer worth £60m for the England international, who is keen on the move despite only recently committing his long-term future to the club.
The arrival of Victor Wanyama from Southampton last summer certainly put the midfielder’s place in the team under threat, but with the quality and versatility Dier has he was once again a key player in their push for the Premier League title.
The 23-year-old scored two goals and provided a further two assists in 48 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham, and he spent the majority of the campaign playing at centre-back as Pochettino decided to deploy a three-man defence in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
Mourinho would be a fan of that versatility but it seems as though he wants Dier to play in defensive midfield – the England international’s natural and preferred position.
It’s difficult to say.
While Pochettino and Daniel Levy will be keen to keep hold of the nucleus of their squad this summer in order to make progress again next term, £60m is a lot of money for a holding midfielder that can also play as a centre-back.
While his versatility is useful, the Spurs boss may feel that he could bring in a defensive midfielder and a centre-back for the money he could receive for Dier, rather than having one player that can fill in for both roles.
Well, if United really are willing to go up to £60m and the player is keen on the move, the deal could be the best one for all of the parties concerned.
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