As the 2015-16 Premier League season winds down, the transfer rumors begin to ramp up. As is always the case whenever Tottenham Hotspur have good players, inevitably we start seeing rumors about Spurs' players departing for bigger clubs.
Normally you'd see lots of stories about Harry Kane, but this time it's Eric Dier who is getting linked to a move away from White Hart Lane. The Evening Standard is reporting today that Dier is being tracked by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. According to Tom Collomosse, Bayern is keeping an eye on Spurs' Portuguese-raised English defensive midfielder after he impressed in Spurs' Europa League ties against Borussia Dortmund.
I'm not especially surprised that Dier is being linked to other clubs. His emergence as a top-quality defensive midfielder has been one of the more interesting and unexpected story lines coming out of Spurs' season, and his recent outstanding performance for England in their win over Germany no doubt have made Bundesliga scouts give him a longer look. The fact that Xabi Alonso's contract expires at the end of next season and the German champions don't seem to be really prioritizing renewing his contract suggests that they're looking for an eventual replacement.
But a closer look at the article doesn't reveal a lot of substance in this rumor. There's lots of "thought to be impressed" and "believe to have interest" kind of language in there, and Collomosse specifically notes that Bayern are merely observing him. However, if Dier has a particularly good showing Euros this summer (assuming he makes the squad, which appears to be a given at this point), it's possible that Bayern or another club may ramp up their summer interest.
Keep in mind too that Bayern hasn't yet had a very good taste of the Daniel Levy Experience.™ Even if the interest was concrete, don't expect title-contending Tottenham Hotspur to just roll over the minute Bayern comes calling.
So, this story is #batcountry for now, but don't be shocked if this summer there are a few more Eric Dier transfer stories that emerge. This is Tottenham, after all, and we can't have (or keep) nice things.