With some eyes already looking forward to next season even with the club’s status not yet clear as to whether they will be able to offer Champions League football or not, the Sun say that the club are preparing a £35 million move for Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier. The England international would effectively represent a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick.
The 23-year-old has been a revelation for both club and country since returning to England from Portugal nearly two years ago and could now join the Red Devils to add some much-needed bite to midfield. His versatility would also be a bonus, offering protection across defence, but Tottenham will not be keen to sell.
However, those Champions League ambitions were dealt a blow once again on Saturday as United could only manage a draw against a ten man Bournemouth side. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed what could have been a decisive penalty, told MUTV:
“We are very disappointed. We should have won. I take the blame. I missed the penalty. I had a lot of chances and should have scored. I didn’t and I take fully the responsibility and I will rise from this and come back even stronger and continue. This is nothing unusual, it has happened before and it can happen again. We’ll keep working, keep going and keep our heads up.”
The experienced Swede was also criticised for appearing to deliberately elbow defender Tyrone Mings after the Cherries player appeared to stamp on his head, with disciplinary action a possibility for both players.
Dier could also represent an upgrade on Marouane Fellaini, who was seeking a move to China in the January transfer window according to Fabio Cannavaro, now manager of Tianjin Quanjian, as he told Sportwereld, as translated by Sky Sports and the Mirror:
“Marouane Fellaini was offered to us. But I told his agent that I am looking for a different type of player.”
The Belgian extended his Old Trafford contract before Christmas but has found his chances limited since, with Ander Herrera the clear first choice in central midfield alongside Paul Pogba, with Michael Carrick also featuring this weekend.
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