Manchester United set sights on Tottenham trio as Jose Mourinho prepares to spend £150m on new recruits
Manchester United are preparing a mega £150million bid for Tottenham Hotspur trio Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Danny Rose as Jose Mourinho looks to improve his squad this summer.
The Portuguese is a huge fan of Dier, according to The Sun. He began his career in Mourinho’s homeland with Sporting Lisbon, having watched him a number of times in the past. At times this season, United have been easy to breach, and the versatility of Dier, a player able to play in midfield, central defence or at right-back would make a difference to that.
The report claims Mourinho wanted to sign Dier in January, but Spurs were not entertaining the idea of selling one of their star players for anything below £45million. The two clubs are also major rivals for the Champions League, but the Red Devils are falling behind in sixth place.
Failure to qualify for Europe’s elite competition should reduce their opportunity to lure players of Dier’s quality to Old Trafford, but signing both Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved they still have the financial power and reputation to compete for the best players.
United are looking to the future in a bid to get back to the top, having not challenged for a fourteenth Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Kane, who has 17 goals to his name this season, is being touted as a possible long-term Ibrahimovic replacement, with the Swede’s contract up in the summer and no news as of yet that he will use the option of another year.
The Daily Star claims Mourinho sees the England man as an alternative to Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, another reported target. The Frenchman has an £86million buyout clause in his contract, and that could see United cool their interest in him.
Finally, the Daily Mirror claim the Red Devils are willing to sell Luke Shaw to Spurs, with Manchester City keen on rivalling United for Danny Rose. Under Mauricio Pochettino, Rose has become a top player, after struggling at the club beforehand. Shaw, meanwhile, has seen his career stall at United, and could himself benefit from a reunion with Pochettino, whom he worked with at Southampton.
Spurs are hunting down the title this year, and will look to put pressure on runaway leaders Chelsea, who travel to West Ham on Monday night, with victory over Everton at home on Sunday.