Manchester United are reportedly set to miss out on Tottenham Hotspur’s versatile midfielder Eric Dier, who was on their list as a number one priority. Spurs are adamant that the England international is not for sale, as they look to hold onto their star player.
As per Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst, Dier is desperate to join United, although the London outfit is not looking to sell the player at any cost.
However, the youngster is being tempted with the grandeur of the Red Devils, alongside the chance of working under Jose Mourinho. Moreover, Dier will get the chance to play as a defensive midfielder for the Old Trafford club, a position he truly likes.
The England international played as a central defender in certain matches for Spurs, and also saw his place as a defensive midfielder taken by Victor Wanyama. But despite that, Tottenham value him as an important aspect for their future, and consider him to play a crucial role in the upcoming season.
Meanwhile, Mourinho is eager to add at least two more players to his squad in order to challenge for the domestic title. The Europa League champions signed Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, but have seen a deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic stall over a transfer fee, and they have now been told by Spurs that Dier isn’t for sale at any cost.
Reports had stated that the Red Devils had seen their earlier bid for the Englishman rejected by Spurs, and were planning another big offer, but they now seem to have given up. The only way Dier can switch alliances now is by forcing his way through, despite signing a new deal last season.
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