While England have been somewhat underwhelming at Euro 2016, the performances of Tottenham’s Eric Dier have not gone unnoticed.
The 22 year old has played in all three matches thus far – surviving the cull for the Slovakia match – and announced his arrival at the tournament from the very beginning with a well-taken free kick in the 1-1 draw with Russia.
It seems that his displays have not gone unnoticed across the continent. According to a report in the Mirror this morning, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have enquired as to his availability.
The report suggests that the German side have been subtly building a profile on the defensive midfielder with a view to coming to Tottenham with a firm offer.
Although English players are usually loath to go abroad, Dier has always been an exception to that. He moved to Portugal with his family at the age of seven, and received his youth coaching from Primeira Liga side Sporting Lisbon – the idea of moving abroad once again then would not be terrifying prospect it would be for most English players.
That being said, there are a number of reasons why this deal probably won’t happen.
Firstly, Dier is happy at White Hart Lane. He has been molded by Mauricio Pochettino into one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, has a very strong friendship with fellow England international Dele Alli, and can look forward to Champions League football net season. The prospect of him rocking the boat is minimal.
Also, Tottenham are under no obligation to sell. Dier is one year into a five year deal – and with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy a notoriously tough negotiator, Bayern would seriously have their work cut out for them were they to come in with a concrete bid.
Finally, questions have to be asked over whether Bayern even need the player. Central midfield is one area in which the Bavarian side are especially blessed – unless the plan would be to revert Dier to centre back, in which case a lot of his midfield effectiveness would be nullified.
Bayern may be interested, but this is a transfer that is unlikely to ever get off the ground.