Tottenham set €57m price for Man United target

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Smalling has struggled to impress Reds boss Jose Mourinho, and following the capture of Victor Lindelof from Benfica, the England worldwide could slip further down the pecking order.

Few days back, Mirror reported that the Red Devils are prepared to offload England global Chris Smalling, whose ability has been questioned by United boss Jose Mourinho.

While it's important that he doesn't forget how important Tottenham have been for his career in that Mauricio Pochettino has improved him considerably while the opportunity to play regularly has seen him become an important part of the England squad too, it has to be weighed up with the positives of making the move to join a European giant now.

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The Telegraph is reporting that Jose Mourinho sees the England worldwide as the long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, who himself made the journey from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford in 2006.

Tottenham do already have possibly the best centre back pairing in the Premier League in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, but Smalling could be outstanding cover for Spurs or even start in a back three, giving Pochettino strong depth at the back - but he certainly won't want to give up Dier in order to land Smalling, with Burnley's Michael Keane and Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson also believed to be alternatives for Spurs.

Mourinho is also ready to offer Dier the chance to establish himself as a holding midfielder at Old Trafford so the lure of playing in his preferred position will be a tempting prospect for him. He signed a new deal in September that took him to around £70,000-a-week and could probably expect another new extended contract later this year were he to stay.

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Tottenham Hotspur are plotting a move for Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling according to the Daily Mail, with the club keen on adding to their back line after losing Harry Maguire.

The Telegraph report that the price tag slapped on the 23-year-old by Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is higher than the Red Devils wish to spend on the flexible Dier, who can play in a number of roles across midfield or at the back.

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