In a surprising turn of events, Bayern Munich is poised to secure the services of Tottenham defender Eric Dier in a €4 million ($4.3 million) deal, sources report. Dier, who fell out of favor under Spurs’ head coach Ange Postecoglou, arrived in Munich for a medical after personal terms were agreed.
The Bundesliga club initially targeted Radu Drăgușin, offering a bid of around €30 million. However, the Genoa defender chose to join Spurs, prompting Bayern to explore alternative options, leading to the potential acquisition of Dier.
The 29-year-old English defender, out of contract this summer, has seen limited playing time this season, starting just one match. Despite injuries to key center-backs, Postecoglou preferred deploying full-backs at the heart of the defense, making Dier surplus to requirements.
Dier’s imminent move to Bayern comes as part of Tottenham’s defensive reshuffle, with the club finalizing a £25 million deal to sign Radu Dragusin from Genoa. The central defensive restructuring also involves the loan of Djed Spence to Genoa, with Spurs securing an option for Genoa to buy Spence for £8.5 million in the summer.
Tottenham’s proactive approach in the January transfer window includes securing a loan move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and expressing interest in Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher. Additionally, potential exits for Bryan Gil, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, and Sergio Reguilón are on the horizon.
Dier’s move to Bayern represents a significant upturn in his fortunes, considering his peripheral role this season and his contract entering its final six months. The English center-back expressed excitement about joining Bayern, emphasizing the club’s stature.
Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel highlighted Dier’s versatility, describing him as a specialist center-back capable of playing in various defensive roles. The move is expected to free up Leon Goretzka, allowing him to return to his preferred midfield position.
As Dier embraces the opportunity with Bayern, the unexpected transfer underscores the dynamic nature of football negotiations and the swift shifts in players’ destinies.