Manchester United will test the resolve of Tottenham Hotspur by lodging a £40million bid for Eric Dier.
United are in need of finding a long-term replacement to Michael Carrick and believe that Dier could be he ideal player.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has tied the vast majority of the Spurs squad down to long term deals, and the Dier is one of those stars. The versatile midfielder, who can also play in defence, only recently signed a new long-term contract at Tottenham, where he reportedly earns around £50,000-a-week, a figure that is fairly low in comparison to other important players at other top clubs.
However after facing increased competition in central midfield from Victor Wanyama this season, Dier could be tempted to leave, and with a Michael Carrick shaped hole waiting to be filled at Old Trafford, the Daily Mirror think that Jose Mourinho is about to make his move.
Mourinho is hoping that by offering better wages at United, Dier can try to force his way out of White Hart Lane.
However, one thing standing in the way of a potential deal is Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, as Manchester United found out for themselves when they signed Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov from Spurs back in 2006 and 2008 respectively.
At a recent meeting at the club’s supporters trust, Levy said:
“All players are under contracts, contracts they were happy to sign at the time.
They are expected to honour those contracts. They wouldn’t have had a reduction if things had gone badly. No player would be sold who Tottenham don’t want to sell for non-footballing reasons.”
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already publicly claimed that he has been assured that no player would be sold that he doesn’t want to sell.
It looks like if Mourinho wants this deal to happen, it could be a tough one to get over the line.
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