After signing Jose Mourinho as manager to go with the signings of superstars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, many predicted Manchester United to battle for the Premier League title with crosstown rivals Manchester City. Unfortunately for the Red Devils, the season did not turn out as planned as despite a recently broken undefeated spell of 25 games, United has spent most of the season in sixth place, suffering from a propensity to draw games and an injury plagued season that has seen Ibrahimovic, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, and others sidelined for significant period of time.
Along with the injuries, United has seen many players underachieve. Defenders Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian have looked poor, Rooney has continued to show his age, and even record signing Pogba has not lived up to expectations. As a result, Mourinho is expected to overhaul the squad this summer, with reports suggesting he will have over £200 million to spend. Although United has been linked to different superstars across Europe such as Antoine Griezmann, Andrea Belotti, and Gareth Bale, recent reports suggest that Mourinho will look closer to home for some of his major signings.
According to the Express, Manchester United is looking to raid Tottenham Hotspur for the trio of Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, and Eric Dier. Formerly considered one of England’s top full-backs, Walker has seen more time on the Spurs bench of late in favor of Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies. He has been reported to be seeking a move away from Spurs, feeling he needs to pursue a challenge elsewhere. Rose has also impressed over the last few years, establishing himself as one of the best left-backs in the league. However, if United are willing to pay the £30 million fee, he could also be heading to Manchester.
The versatile Dier would be a good replacement for Daley Blind as the Dutchman has been rumored to be heading back to Ajax after the season. Playable as a defender or midfielder, Dier will not come cheap as United are reportedly offering £40 million to sign the 23-year old. Despite the high interest, Spurs are in no need to sell as their strong finish to the season has many believing they can challenge for the Premier League next season and with the upcoming Champions League campaign, they could be buyers, not sellers. Also, Spurs will be reluctant to do business with United due to the controversial move of striker Dimitar Berbatov back in 2009.