Tottenham tell Manchester United they won't entertain any offers for £50million-rated Eric Dier

England international Dier's name was on the shortlist Mourinho handed to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward earlier this year

Ben Burrows
Saturday 08 July 2017 12:28
Comments
Tottenham have no intention of selling Eric Dier
Tottenham have no intention of selling Eric Dier

Tottenham won't entertain any offers for Eric Dier and insist he is not for sale at any price.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has identified defensive midfield as a significant area of need this summer as he looks to give world record signing Paul Pogba more freedom next season.

England international Dier's name was on the shortlist Mourinho handed to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward earlier this year after he watched him impress after Mauricio Pochettino shifted him from defence to midfield during Spurs' 2015/16 campaign.

But Tottenham remain resolute in their stance that the 23-year-old, valued at upwards of £50million, won't be sold this summer.

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic remains the most likely arrival despite the difficulties that Romelu Lukaku's impending transfer from Everton presents with Monaco's Fabinho another option.

Matic's arrival won't preclude United's interest in the Brazilian, however, with Mourinho seeing him as a player who can do more than just play in holding midfield.

Fabinho has been used at right-back by the Ligue 1 champions and Mourinho wants to improve his options in that role too. Last season, Mourinho primarily deployed Antonio Valencia, a specialist winger, there instead.

Should Matic follow Lukaku into Old Trafford he will arrive for a fee of roughly £35m. Matic will leave as soon as his replacement, Tiemoue Bakayoko, joins Chelsea from Monaco with that deal understood to be edging towards a conclusion.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in