Tottenham Hotspur have told Manchester United that they will need to table an offer worth £50m for midfielder Eric Dier, according to reports.
And according to the Telegraph‘s Sam Wallace, Mourinho will have to shell out £50m for the midfielder’s services this summer.
Now, I’ve been very supportive of the 54-year-old’s supposed targets so far: Victor Lindelof, Ivan Perisic and Alvaro Morata are all players capable of improving this side with a designated role.
There is, of course, an argument for using Dier: his style – committed, direct, packed with energy and a slight veneer of malice – fits in with a broader approach engendered by Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane over the last two seasons, and bringing some of that muscle to Old Trafford would be a nod in the right direction.
As a Carrick replacement, however, he falls miserably short. Just watch how he fared against Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante during England’s 3-2 defeat to France earlier this week. He is a strong influence in the side and would, if used wisely, invoke some much needed grittiness at times when Mourinho needs it most, but could never serve as an adequate midfield lynchpin at Old Trafford.