The Englishman grew up in Portugal and ascended through the ranks at Sporting Lisbon before completing a move to Spurs in 2014.
He has featured as a centre back, full back and defensive midfielder throughout his career and attracted praise for his prowess in the middle at Euro 2016.
And according to ESPN sources, Jose Mourinho – also reportedly interested in Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko and Paris Saint Germain’s Marco Verratti – has identified Dier as a suitable replacement for Carrick.
It is clear that the 54-year-old has warmed to Dier’s unconventional upbringing. The 23-year-old’s composed, versatile approach is indeed reflective of a continental – or, phrased differently, a strictly ‘non-English’ – footballing education, and at such a young age one can expect his technique and overall reading of the game to develop further.
That said, opting for Dier at this exact time would be a questionable decision: the midfielder – especially during Spurs’ laughable European exploits – has failed to produce his usual poise and vision this season, losing his place in the starting XI to Victor Wanyama as a result. And perhaps Mourinho, as a result, would be better off seeking somebody already adept at competing regularly at the highest level over the summer.