Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou might consider letting another player move to Bayern Munich, similar to Harry Kane’s departure in the summer. Eric Dier is a potential candidate to follow his former teammate, Kane, to the Allianz Arena, as Bayern’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel, seeks to reinforce his defensive options.
Dier’s standing at Tottenham has diminished since Ange Postecoglou took charge. While he started 31 Premier League matches last season, he hasn’t played a single minute in any competition this season. Tottenham’s new signing, Micky van de Ven, has formed a solid partnership with Cristian Romero in defense, and the reduced European workload for the first-choice duo has limited Dier’s involvement. He has only made the match-day squad on three occasions in nine games and hasn’t seen any playing time.
Dier was linked with a departure in the summer but chose to stay and compete for his place, given that he was in the final year of his contract. However, a winter transfer could now be in the cards.
According to information from Bayern Insider podcast by Bild, Thomas Tuchel, Bayern’s manager, aims to secure a center-back in January. While Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah is rumored to be his primary target, Bayern’s higher-ups seemingly opposed the idea of signing him in the summer, making a January move unlikely for Chalobah.
As a result, Tuchel may need to explore other options, and Dier has emerged as one of the potential choices. Dier, who turns 30 early next year, comes with a strong recommendation from his close friend Harry Kane, who left Tottenham for Bayern Munich just before the start of the new season. Kane has had a successful start in Germany, scoring nine Bundesliga goals and one in the Champions League.
Bayern might consider a pre-contract agreement with Dier to secure his services for free in the following summer. However, Tuchel might prefer to add defensive cover during the season and pursue a January transfer instead.
Another long-standing Spurs player, Hugo Lloris, has also found himself marginalized under Postecoglou’s management. The Australian coach has not discussed their roles with Dier and Lloris, maintaining that nothing has changed from his perspective, and he has left the door open for players to seek clarification if needed.