It was always going to happen. The latest whisper to watch focuses on England star Eric Dier, who has been subject to rumoured interest from Bayern Munich after impressing for both club and country.

Premier League fans will be aware of the emergence of Dier over the last two seasons, where his versatility allowed him to become a key player in the side. A 3.1 index rating is enough to get tongues wagging, but could there be any truth to the rumours? Let’s check them out in-depth.

The midfielder burst onto the scene in 2014 after signing from Sporting CP. He quickly became a key member of the first team, helping Tottenham to their highest ever league position.

He played 37 of 38 games in the league last season, missing just one game through suspension. Three goals and two assists might not seem like a major contribution, but the way he shored up the defence and allowed others space to move forward gave the entire team a new lease of life.

It ended with a call up to the national team for Euro 2016, where he’s been ever present in the squad. (He also scored his first goal of the tournament with a free-kick against Russia.)

He’s had a decent spell in an important position for the Three Lions, which is another reason why Bayern are said to be interested.

Eric Dier celebrates opening goal against Russia

 

It would be hard to see him leaving the club after such a magnificent season, but there’s no doubt that he deserves the attention. Others from his Spurs team have flattered to deceive so far in the Euro’s, while Dier has shown that he is the real deal.  

His contract expires in 2020, which means Tottenham are under no pressure to sell. Since he cost just £4m in a 2014 transfer from the Portuguese side, there’s potential for profit, but there aren’t many other reasons to sell.

It would be a step up for the player, but he’s had no problem making strides during the early stages of his career. This is the player who had no trouble containing Diego Costa at the age of 21, and he’s likely to go far if he can keep focused on the game.

As well as slotting into midfield, he can also play in the defence, and was recently named as the emergency centre back in the England squad if they have injury worries during Euro 2016.

Tottenham would obviously prefer to keep the defensive midfielder as they prepare for a renewed challenge for the title, and it’s likely that Bayern will be forced to shell out if they really want Dier’s signature.

Bayern are generally very astute in the market, and Carlo Ancelotti’s new side seem to have a genuine interest in the player.

The original rumours from the Sunday People suggest that they’re attempting to build up a dossier on the player’s character, which strongly suggests that their interest is more than just a passing infatuation. (The report also says that they’ve made enquiries about his availability.)

The potential price point would be reasonably high, which could put a stop to any chance of a move. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to sign Dier for less than £30m, which could be a little too pricy.

Given his age it could be seen as an investment for the future, but Bayern have enough cover in his position/s to make the signing seem unnecessary. Xabi Alonso is their current holding midfielder, but at 34 he can’t have many seasons left at the top level. (Dier has also recently said that he would prefer to play in midfield rather than defence.)

Dier is well-versed in football outside of the country, as he grew up in Portugal and came through the youth setup at Sporting CP. He spoke about the difficulties he faced when moving from Portugal to England to play;

“This time around in England it hasn’t been too much of a culture shock, but I do think some people forget that I am essentially a foreign player – certainly they did last season. I’m English but, for me, it was like any other foreign player coming to the Premier League for the first time.”

So he’s well aware of the difficulties that come when acclimatising yourself within a new country, although he does have more experience of moving abroad than the average England player.

Spurs probably don’t want to sell, there aren’t any concrete rumours, and he’s contracted for a while. It’ll take a lot of effort to prise him away from north London and it’s unclear whether Bayern will be willing to go that far in pursuit of the player.

It’s not the strongest rumour, but it’s interesting to note the calibre of the interested party. Being linked with the biggest clubs in the world is another indication of Dier’s rising stock, and he’ll be hoping to keep impressing as England push onwards in the tournament.

It would be devastating for Tottenham to lose one of their star men, but it could be inevitable if he stays in such great form in the long term.

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