Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier, as the North Londoners have told that they don’t intend to sell their man at any price according to the Independent.
Jose Mourinho has identified the defensive midfield role as an area that needs strengthening, so as to get the best out of world-record signing Paul Pogba the next season. And we had been linked with Dier earlier as well, with the report claiming that Dier was one of the names on the list that Jose had given our chief executive Ed Woodward as part of the summer transfer plans.
But Tottenham, who value the England international in the upwards of £50 million, are strong in their stance and have no intention of selling the 23-year old for any offer that United are planning to make.
We were also reported to be close to capturing the signature of Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, but there hasn’t been a lot of progress on that front in the last week or so. But, the Serbian remains the most likely reinforcement to arrive at Old Trafford in the summer, despite the recent developments over the Romelu Lukaku transfer, which may lead to friction between the two clubs.
Chelsea were keen on re-signing the Belgian international from Everton, but we made a swift swoop for the forward and have agreed a £75 million fee with the Toffees and the move is expected to be completed in a few days.
This wouldn’t have gone too well with the Premier League champions, but the report from Independent claims that it isn’t likely to cause any difficulty in Matic’s move going through. He is expected to cost us in the range of £35 million and is likely to complete the transfer, once Tiemoue Bakayoko’s arrival at Chelsea is official.
Another defensive midfielder that is likely to join United in the summer is AS Monaco’s Fabinho. The Brazilian international is also expected to arrive in this transfer window, despite Matic’s signing as Mourinho wishes to use the Brazilian in a right-back role, a position the player also prefers playing in.