Eric Dier has heart set on Manchester United move but Spurs will not sell…

Manchester United target, at least reportedly, Eric Dier has his heart set on a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this summer according to The Independent. The report also states that United have but just under £25 million for the English central defensive midfielder, which would need to be more than double that in order to wrestle the player away from White Hart Lane, well Wembley next season. The reports seem to be suggested as nothing but speculation with Sky Sports also reporting that Dier will not be allowed to leave the club this summer and not bids have been made for the player, which makes me wonder where The Independent get their information from.

Dier emerged as a target for Jose Mourinho before the end of last season with the club being ‘cautiously optimistic’ of a deal being agreed. Thet optimism seems to have been right as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not the best guy to negotiate with, as Sir Alex Ferguson found out whilst trying to sign both Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov over the years. The Independent states that United are looking for a Premier League experienced midfielder this summer with Dier and Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, but after stealing Romelu Lukaku from under the reigning Premier League champions noses over the weekend, Dier was seen as the most gettable player based on the fact the relationship between United and Chelsea has soured.

Spurs say Dier is not for sale at any price but United’s hierarchy seems to believe the player has his heart set on a move to the Theatre of Dreams, although there are not quotes or suggestions of this, which could well be pie in the sky. Sky Sports have stated that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will only let players leave the club this summer if he is happy to let them go and it would suggest Dier is not a player he wants to allow to head to a Premier League rival such as United, who will be expected to launch a title challenge this coming season, especially after falling short in the league last season and having to win the UEFA Europa League in order to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this coming season.

Dier signed a five-year contract with Spurs back in September 2015 after his debut season with the club, which suggests Spurs are right to try and stop him from leaving the club. Every player has their price though. Sir Alex Ferguson once said he would not sell Real Madrid a virus after their chase of Cristiano Ronaldo, but a deal was agreed with saw the Portuguese winger leave Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu for an then £80 million world record transfer fee. Spurs tend to mean business though but saying that Gareth Bale and Luka Modric before him were not for sale and they both left the White Hart Lane club.

It does make me wonder if Dier is a smokescreen for another player, perhaps Matic also. There have been lots of speculation about both players heading to Manchester United this summer, but close to half way through July and there has been no movement for either player. United were trying to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata until a week ago when out of the blue a £75 million deal with Everton for Romelu Lukaku was reported last Thursday morning with Chelsea then matching the offer on Friday evening and United announcing a deal was done pending medical and personal terms with the player being unveiled on Monday. United must have something else in the bag this summer.

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.

Fabinho not a Manchester United target according to Marcotti

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not interested in signing AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho as there is another target which the Portuguese manager thinks is attainable, Tottenham Hotspur defensive midfielder Eric Dier. ESPN FC reporter Gabriele Marcotti suggested this was the case in a report published on Tuesday. We wrote an article at the end of April about Dier, a reported target for Mourinho back then, discussing the various reports and the likelihood of a deal being conducted as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is not an easy guy to do business with. Marcotti said:

“Fabinho is a guy that they as a club wanted to hang on to. Equally, Fabinho’s people who have close ties to the Manchester United manager, of course, they view things a little differently.

“They’ve been pushing quite aggressively last summer, in the January transfer window.

“I’ve been led to believe that United had other priorities, other top targets in that defensive midfield position, among them of course Eric Dier.”

Eric Dier is English, which is believed to be the core that Mourinho would like to build at United, which would suggest the interest in the Spurs midfielder. Whilst Fabinho would be a great addition to have at United this summer, he seems to be a player who is on the radar of the club, but merely a secondary option if primary options fail, so there could be a chance he would roll up at Old Trafford before the closure of the transfer window, but I would envisage that Mourinho would like to have his business conducted before pre-season starts, especially before the UEFA Super Cup, which will be the last match before United open their Premier League season at Old Trafford against West Ham United.

Dier is a decent player, up and coming and his last two seasons at Spurs have been good with them challenging for Premier League glory, which was more of a target last season with Spurs finishing second to champions Chelsea, but they gave it their best shot, coming unstuck towards the end of the season with Chelsea winning the Premier League title with two matches remaining. Mourinho should be trusted. Each year many supporters become attached to players who are not yet players of the club. Antoine Griezmann is a player who many United supporters adopted a liking for, and he won’t be a United player this summer, maybe not next summer either if other targets become available and the club move for them. Loyalty could have ended Griezmann’s chance to play for Manchester United.

Fabinho is a player who would offer United something, but already there are supporters attached to the player, and again, two years after he was linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams, a move may not become an actuality once again. I am sure Mourinho has everything planned to the point whereby his pre-season training routine before heading to the United States of America would be complete, just a case of having the players he wanted to rebuild a club who have risen from the club they become after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, winning more trophies in the past season than they had in the previous three seasons. Whoever Mourinho brings into the club this summer, we need to get behind them and the manager as he knows what he is doing. Currently United are still interested in Alvaro Morata, a player Real Madrid are demanding more than £70 million for and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, again a player the club want more money than is currently on offer.

Manchester United ‘cautiously optimistic’ of signing Eric Dier this summer

Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Eric Dier has been linked with a £40 million move to Manchester United this summer, with it previously reported that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had warned United off his player, seemingly in a bid to either keep him at the club this summer, or keep him grounded amid a Premier League title charge against Chelsea this season. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has a problem to solve this summer and that will be to replace Michael Carrick as the 35-year-old has not yet been offered a one-year extension, which was suggested earlier in the season. At this moment in time, Carrick could play his last competitive match at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday 21st May 2017, with his last ever match at the Theatre of Dreams coming with his testimonial, which will be played a fortnight later on Sunday 4th June 2017. There are many players who could fill in for Carrick in this United side, perhaps not do the job he does, but a version of it. Eric Dier could do just that.

What is being reported and by who?

A month ago, Manchester United were linked with Eric Dier but Matt Law of the Telegraph wrote that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had warned Manchester United off their midfielder. It was suggested that Jose Mourinho was going to guarantee Dier of a place in his midfield if he could persuade Spurs to sell the 23-year-old. The resulting comment from the Spurs manager would be an answer for Mourinho, no chance. Dier may hold a key to this move, should there be interest from the Portuguese manager, as the player’s preference is to play in the holding midfield position, something United will need to recruit for as Michael Carrick looks set to leave the club as a free agent this summer. Something for Mourinho to work on, it would seem. A week ago, James Ducker of the Telegraph reported that United were ‘cautiously optimistic’ about landing Dier this summer, in what would be a £40 million deal, or thereabouts. This report also carried another in which Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was renowned for being a tough negotiator and the defender of the club when it came to buying and selling players, which is something Manchester United and former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson have encountered in the past. It was now for Jose Mourinho to experience if Dier really is one of his targets this summer.

What type of player is Eric Dier?

Eric Dier is a defensive minded player who predominantly plays in the central defensive midfield role but has also played as a central defender and even a right back, so he does offer a utilitarian type role for the club he plays for. Dier is English, which is something that has been stated about Jose Mourinho’s interest in the player, along with that of Michael Keane, who left the Old Trafford club nearly two years ago under the management of Louis van Gaal. Dier normally plays in a five or two-man midfield, sometimes playing with Victor Wanyama as the furthest back midfielder, of playing in a two-man midfield with Christian Eriksson. Dier may not be the player many want to see playing for United, especially after the spat with Ander Herrera earlier in the season, of which the Spaniard is yet to see any kind of retribution for. Dier seems to be impressive in the Premier League this season, making 31 appearances, scoring twice for Spurs. Dier maintains an 87% pass success rate, which is just below Carrick’s 89% pass rate, suggesting he could apply himself in that area. Dier averages six defensive actions per match but has committed two defensive errors this season also. Dier at 23 is a player rising through the ranks of English football but still has some things to learn, but will serve as a presence in the midfield, possibly along with Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, which makes you wonder how dominant United could be predominantly playing a 4-3-3 formation.

Likelihood of the transfer?

Manchester United were said to be ‘cautiously optimistic’ in James Ducker’s report for the Telegraph a week ago, which suggests United were hopeful of luring Dier to Old Trafford, but recognise the problems involved in signing the player, especially having to negotiate with Daniel Levy, something Sir Alex Ferguson had problems with in luring Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov to the Theatre of Dreams. If Dier, whose contract with Spurs will run out in the summer of 2021, keeping him with the North London club for another four years, which could be one of the factors in a deal not being struck, or one which means United will have to pay a lot more for the player, should they actually be interested in him. Dier cost Spurs just £4 million back in 2014, which would see them make at least 400% profit on the player they have nurtured at White Hart Lane in an exciting team which has excelled from last season, pushing Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

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