Manchester United are lining up a £35 million package to tempt Eric Dier away from Tottenham.
The English midfielder is one of the highly talented young lions who have seen the Spurs rise to the highest echelons of the top flight of English football under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino over the past two seasons.
Having begun his journey as a centre-back for Spurs, he has been pushed further forward after the successful defensive partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
As history shows, Tottenham have often sold their most promising players – with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale joining Real Madrid and Dimitar Berbatov making a move to the Old Trafford.
And Jose Mourinho is now confident Dier, whom the Portuguese boss admires for a long time, could step up for that same journey out of White Hart Lane, according to a report from The Sun, which claims Manchester United were close to making a bid for the 23-year-old in the January window. Even Chelsea were linked with a shock move but the rumours died down as the time passed by.
A club source told the Sun: “United are interested in Dier, and looked at making a move for him in the January transfer window.
“Obviously that didn’t come off, but Mourinho has him on a list of targets for the summer. He likes him.
“Tottenham do not want to sell him under any circumstances, but you never know what can happen when the money is on the table.”
But how much it would cost to hijack one of Pochettino’s prized assets away from the Spurs remains to be seen. The England international could be a perfect candidate to succeed Michael Carrick and hand the protection alongside Paul Pogba in front of the defence line.
It is believed Manchester United will make a new midfielder a top priority this summer because of the January sale of Morgan Schneiderlin, though Mauricio Pochettino keen to keep hold of the versatile Dier.