Manchester United are planning to table a £40m bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier this summer, reports The Mirror.
It is not the first time that the Red Devils have been linked to the England international’s signature.
The Mirror claims, though, that Jose Mourinho is serious about testing Spurs’ resolve with a big-money offer for the player whom Tottenham bought for just £4m from Sporting Lisbon in 2014.
Dier has been a regular feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s team this season, appearing in all but two of the team’s 35 Premier League games so far.
The 23-year-old has also contributed with two goals in the top flight.
The Englishman began his Tottenham career playing as a defensive midfielder, but following the arrival of Victor Wanyama last summer, he has been pushed out of the position.
This season, Pochettino has regularly used Dier as part of the defence, but his performances in the middle of the park have arguably been much stronger.
According to The Mirror, the player is earning £50,000 per week after signing a new five-year contract in September, but he would earn a much bigger salary if he switched to United.
In a recent meeting between the board and members of the Tottenham Supporters’ Trust, chairman Daniel Levy revealed that none of the current crop of stars will receive pay rises, despite a record-breaking season.
The team have smashed the club’s best-ever points total in the division and are on course to claim second place – their highest finish in the top flight.
Nobody could blame Dier for mulling over an offer from United – not just because of the financial incentive but because he is likely to play in his preferred midfield slot.