One of the last players left from the Mauricio Pochettino era at Tottenham Hotspur is about to leave the club. According to multiple sources including Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg and The Athletic, Eric Dier has traveled to Munich, Germany to undergo a medical ahead of a permanent transfer to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Dier has been a member of Tottenham’s first team for nearly a decade, joining as a 20-year old from Sporting in Portugal and making his debut as a right back against West Ham, scoring a goal in the process. Now 29, he leaves Spurs to join his England and former Spurs teammate Harry Kane in Germany after being sidelined by Spurs head coach Ange Postecoglou.
Dier only has six months left to go on his Tottenham contract and it’s been clear for a while that the club had no intention to extend, and that Dier intended to leave the club one way or another. Reports are that Bayern Munich will pay a €4m transfer fee for Eric, and getting actual money for a guy who leaves the club for free in June feels like an achievement. Dier’s departure also frees up £85k/wk in wages that the club can utilize for incoming signings or contract extensions of their own.
Eric’s been the odd man out for a while now, especially under Antonio Conte and Postecoglou. He doesn’t have the speed or ability on the ball to fit into Ange-Ball tactics, so this move makes a lot of sense. But man, it’s sad. Dier’s been a fixture in the Spurs squad fora long time. He’s been a fantastic servant to the club and a lot of Tottenham’s best moments involve him in some way, either as a central defender or as a defensive midfielder under Pochettino. I get why he’s leaving, but I also really, really like the guy.
I would expect, with a medical already taking place in Germany, that we’ll get an announcement that he has finalized his transfer sometime today. Auf wiedersehen, Eric.