The 54-year-old has been on the lookout for a potential Michael Carrick replacement this summer, with Monaco pair Tiemoué Bakayoko and Bernado Silva, alongside Paris Saint Germain’s Marco Verratti, serving as possible options.
It was more recently reported that Dier, who enjoyed a sensational breakthrough campaign under Mauricio Pochettino last season, was also on his radar.
And the Telegraph‘s Matt Law has confirmed that Mourinho is desperate to sign the 23-year-old this summer.
Man United’s chances of securing the Englishman’s signature have received a boost after it was also confirmed in the aforementioned report that Tottenham were closing in on Burnley and former United defender Michael Keane, paving the way for Dier to move elsewhere.
It is peculiar to see Mourinho seek out Dier as a replacement for Carrick at this given time. He has, after all, featured predominately as a right-sided defender in a back three this season after losing his midfield place to Victor Wanyama.
That said, Mourinho – with next year’s campaign in mind – is wise to look towards Spurs when it comes to emboldening his squad. It is no coincidence that Pochettino’s men have been simultaneously superb on the domestic front and poor in Europe. This is a side – energetic, bold, organised – engineered towards Premier League success, and Dier exists at the heart of such a set-up.
Bringing him to Old Trafford, therefore, could go some way towards addressing United’s lack of consistency and conviction in the league heading into the 2017/18 season.