Manchester Clubs Linked With Tottenham Trio
Tottenham Hotspur face the possibility of a triple exit this summer with Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose all being linked with moves away from north London.
According to The Sun, Dier has had his head turns by reports of interest from Manchester United while Walker and Rose are targets for Manchester City.
The trio all signed new deals with Spurs earlier this season and are on wages put at between £50,000 and £65,000 a week, depending on what you read.
The Sun claims Walker has been told he can leave though chairman Daniel Levy wants a bidding war amongst interested parties. Spurs have Kieran Trippier in reserve but the Premier League runners-up have been linked this week with interest in Juventus right-back Dani Alves. The Brazilian is known to be keen on a move to the Premier League although his age – 34 – will raise eyebrows among some of the Tottenham faithful.
Rose underwent an exploratory knee operation earlier this week. He hasn’t played since the goalless draw with Sunderland at the end of January.
But even if The Sun is correct in its assertion that Walker can leave, Manchester United and Manchester City can expect a battle from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over Dier and Rose.
United were being linked earlier this month with a possible £40million bid for Dier. That may test Tottenham’s resolve. But Levy is expected to stand firm when it comes to unwelcome bids.
The Tottenham chief is renowned as a particularly tough negotiator when it comes to transfer dealings. One member of the Real Madrid hierarchy described dealing with Levy as “like torture” following Luka Modric’s move to the Bernabeu in 2012. The La Liga giants had to go through the same process again when they signed Gareth Bale from Spurs in 2013.
Any move for any of the trio isn’t likely to be completed early on in the transfer window. Expect a long, drawn-out saga for any of Dier, Walker and Rose.