There has been a lot of talk in the past few days that Manchester United are about to offer Spurs £50m for defensive midfielder/centre back Eric Dier, after seemingly missing out on Nemanja Matic and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
This news has split the opinions of Spurs fans everywhere, with half believing it’s a brilliant deal and the other half desperate for the club to keep hold of him.
For me, i’m in the “keep him” bracket. In the past few seasons, Dier has gone from being a relatively unknown kid from Portugese giants Sporting Lisbon to being one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, as well as cementing his place in the last few England squads, including a starting place in the Euro 2016 side. He has starred in one of the best Spurs sides in a generation and Pochettino seems to love him, given his versatility and reliability every week. He seems to always be in the right place at the right time without breaking in to a sweat. He can hit a free kick, too (see England v Russia in the Euro 2016 Championships).
Now, the part which seems to split fans is the price tag which is being spoken about. In the current transfer market – and lets face it, this summer has been pretty mental already – £50m for a young, Premier League proven, versatile English international seems to be the going rate for someone who posesses those qualities and with the lack of activity at the club so far this summer, it seems to be that Pochettino will only be allowed to do business when some of the current squad is sold first. £50m would allow the boss to bring in 1 or 2 players of a level necessary to adequately fill Dier’s space in the squad, should he be sold. Players such as Wanyama for £11.5m is a timely reminder of what cailbre of player can be bought in on a budget, should it come to that.
It has been proven before that should the price be right, Levy will do business (Bale, Modric etc) and, given the current financial predicament the club finds itself in with regards to the stadium repayments, he may be tempted to sell, should the £50m rumours be true.
Several journalists and fan accounts seem to be reporting that Dier is happy at the club and that he is not for sale “at any price” this summer, but it remains to be seen whether he will be playing in Red by the time the season starts in 5 weeks time.