Manchester United Transfer News: Eric Dier Bid Rumours, Latest on David De Gea

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at White Hart Lane on April 8, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to resist any approaches for Eric Dier this summer, with Manchester United said to be prepared to make a huge offer for the England international.

According to Alasdair Gold of Football.London, Spurs are set to be tempted with a £60 million package from the Old Trafford club for the 23-year-old. However, the report also noted the north London outfit have no desire to cash in on one of their most important footballers.

"Despite reports, the player is settled at Spurs, has not asked for a move away from the club and any attempts to unsettle the England man this summer will fall on deaf ears," continued Gold.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur (R) speaks to Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur (L) during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on April 15, 2017 in London, En
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James Nursey of the Daily Mirror has also suggested United are ready to offer the aforementioned amount to Tottenham in a "take it or leave it" transfer.

Although there may not be too many Spurs fans who opt to have the England man's name on the back of their shirt, he's become a vital member of the squad since joining from Sporting CP in 2014. Goal's Harry Sherlock expressed just how important Dier is to Mauricio Pochettino's side:

He's the type of footballer every manager cherishes—hard-working, tactically astute, physical and adaptable. 

With those attributes considered, interest from the north-west and United manager Jose Mourinho would be understandable. The Portuguese has built some bullish sides based on the aforementioned traits, and given how much football elite sides have to negotiate in the modern game, robust and multifaceted players are more significant than ever.

So while some will no doubt scoff should United lodge an offer of £60 million and scoff even louder if Spurs rejected such an approach, replacing Dier—potentially a two-player job—would be a severe test of the club's recruitment. The Red Devils, as a result, may have to explore alternatives.


Ander Herrera Wants David De Gea Stay

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  David De Gea of Manchester United walks off with Ander Herrera of Manchester United after the 3-1 victory in the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool on September 12, 2015 in Manchester
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United midfielder Ander Herrera has made it clear he wants Red Devils and Spain team-mate David De Gea to remain at the club despite reports of renewed interest from Real Madrid.

Speaking about the goalkeeper and the prospect of a move away from Old Trafford, Herrera was confident he'd still be between the sticks for the team next season.

"I think De Gea will stay," said the Red Devils playmaker, per Stuart Mathieson of the Manchester Evening News. "He's happy and I know this is going to sound repetitive because I always say the same but David is one of the few keepers who wins you points. I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he stays."

CARSON, CA - JULY 15: Ander Herrera of Manchester United during to the friendly fixture between LA Galaxy and Manchester United at StubHub Center on July 15, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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As noted by Mathieson, speculation over a possible Real Madrid offer for De Gea has intensified again as of late. Per Rob Dawson of ESPN FC, it appears some Madrid supporters have got a little too excited about the prospect of a deal going through:

While United have spent big money to secure Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku already this summer, losing a player of De Gea's calibre would be a massive blow ahead of the new season. After all, the Spaniard is the only proven world-class player Mourinho has at his disposal at the moment. 

Given he was born in Madrid and Los Blancos' pedigree in world football, the prospect of a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu would be tempting for De Gea. Still, it's difficult to see a scenario where United decide to cash in on their most valuable asset.