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Manchester United looking for £50 million deal for Spurs midfielder?

Manchester United have not yet given up on their summer transfer business already signing Victor Lindelof from Benfica for £30.7 million earlier in the summer and with a £75 million move for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku well on its way to being completed, Jose Mourinho is still reportedly looking to strengthen his midfield. Nemanja Matic was tipped to join the Old Trafford club this summer but his move stalled after Chelsea decided they would only let the player leave once they have signed their target, seemingly Tiemoue Bakayoko of AS Monaco, but a fee has not yet been agreed for the midfielder. Now that United have stolen Lukaku from Chelsea’s clutches, Matic may now no longer be allowed to leave for Mourinho’s United.

Eric Dier seems to be a target United are looking at again after reports surfaced about signing the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder back in April with United ‘cautiously optimistic’ about a deal back then. The Telegraph on Friday reported that Mourinho will be looking to sort out their summer business quickly with the team set to leave for Los Angeles on Sunday where they will hold a training camp ahead of the first pre-season match of the summer which will be played against LA Galaxy on Saturday 15th July 2017. United have reportedly seen a bid for Dier rejected this summer but the report says talks have been ongoing in the background, which could be the truth or a loose fact used to write this article, giving supporters hope something is happening.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not the easiest person to negotiate with, Sir Alex Ferguson can relay that fact after dealing with the club for both Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov over the years. Levy had refused to put a price on the head of Dier, but it is suggested that £50 million could be an offer the club would not turn down, which considering the fact some transfer fees seem to be massive, would be a pretty good deal for both parties, especially considering the age of Dier and his progress in the Premier League this far into his career. Spurs do not need to sell players though, so will not be under pressure to do so. Manchester City’s pursuit of Kyle Walker will show just how the club does not need to sell.

With United spending much of the last month posturing with Real Madrid for the signature of Alvaro Morata, which saw bids being rejected and United making spurious offers, whilst in the background doing all the legwork to get a deal for Lukaku over the line, the interest in Matic could well have been similar with United wanting everyone to believe they were looking to sign Morata and Matic, opting for Lukaku and another, possibly Dier. Stranger things have happened. If this is the case, United’s transfer business, which was good last summer, will go one better. If Mourinho and Ed Woodward have used the same thinking for all deals, it does also make you think if Ivan Perisic is the real target, or whether United are trying to conduct a deal for another target.

There are not many midfielders who United could be interested in purchasing this summer. Fabinho is seemingly not a target for the Old Trafford club, despite willing to jump at the chance for a move to the Theatre of Dreams. Matic may be a target which United now know they will not get, so with not many midfielders on the market, there has to be a small section of players on that list to better United’s midfield and take the pressure off Michael Carrick this coming season. Dier, should United get a deal with Spurs done, could be that guy but Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl has been suggested as a target, but he ended his season in mid-May suffering an ankle injury, which may not seem him back in action until September, which Mourinho might be alright with.

If Weigl was available, there would be many clubs interested in the player, which would cause an auction-like bidding system for the player, which I am sure Mourinho and United would be keen to avoid, so the mere suggestion of United’s interest in the play could cause another diversion with United having a clear run at whoever they see as the player to solve the midfield problem. 23-year-old Dier would be a good option, despite what supporters think. Those who have their heart set on Fabinho may well moan but they are not in the position to run the club, sort out the tactics and specifics of training and play for the coming season, so opinions on that matter should be kept as silent ones. I trust Mourinho and Woodward to get the business done, so should you.

Eric Dier is reportedly happy at White Hart Lane, well Wembley next season but his £75,000 a week wages could be doubled at the Theatre of Dreams, which could also see him being given a guaranteed role at United, something that is not all that certain with Spurs. Last season, Dier played 36 times in the Premier League, scoring twice, His shot accuracy, 41%, is not the best, but he is a defensive minded midfielder and does better with the abilities in his remit. Dier created 14 chances for his teammates last season, offering a pass success rate of 87%, which is consistent with United’s standards, also offering an average of six defensive actions per match last season, committing two defensive errors in total. Dier also won 49% of duels with opposition players.

In the UEFA Champions League (five matches) and the UEFA Europa League (two matches), Dier played a total of seven matches. In those seven matches, Dier averaged an 81.5% pass success rate; 85% in the Champions League, 78% in the Europa League. He also averaged 6.5 defensive actions; six in the Champions League, seven in the Europa League, committed two defensive errors, one in each competition and also won 51.5% of his duels; 42% in the Champions League, 61% in the Europa League. Taking all of those into mind, minus the figures for the EFL Cup and the Emirates FA Cup, Dier has an 83.3% pass success rate, and an average of 6.3 defensive actions per match, committing five defensive errors and winning 50.6% of his duels against opposition players – not bad.

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