Monday 23 October 2017

Tottenham ready to rebuff any offers from Manchester United for their £40m midfield star

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will not interfere when their rivals make big-money bids
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will not interfere when their rivals make big-money bids
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Tottenham are determined to rebuff any offers from Manchester United for their utility player Eric Dier and reports that the midfielder wants to quit the club are wide of the mark, Independent.ie understands.

The Old Trafford giants have been heavily linked with a move for Dier in recent months, with United manager Jose Mourinho believed to have identified the England star as a key transfer target this summer.

Dier has excelled for Tottenham in both defensive and midfield roles since he moved to the north London club from Sporting Lisbon in 2014, with a report in The Sun suggesting Spurs may be tempted to sell if United made an offer of £40m.

Dier signed a new five-year contract with Spurs last September, but he knows he could secure wages well in excess of his reported £65,000-a-week pay packet if he made the move to United.

However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not prepared to consider offers for Dier or any of his first team squad, unless they express a desire to leave the club.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been assured by Levy that none of his players will be sold without his agreement after he led the club to their most successful Premier League finish of second place.

The Sun also reported that Danny Rose and Kyle Walker could be making an exit from the club this summer, with Walker’s future especially uncertain amid interest from Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Pochettinho had admitted he cannot compete with the Premier League’s biggest spending clubs in the race to sign top talent this summer, with the tight wage structure at Tottenham unlikely to change any time soon.

“We talk about ‘if Tottenham are in the Champions League, it will be more attractive.’ But then it’s all about if you pay or not when we talk about top players,” said Pochettino.

“We have unbelievable facilities, but if some club is paying double the salary, then how can you convince them? We cannot lie to you. That is the reality.”

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