It is no secret Roma are scouring the transfer market to onboard defenders to shore up José Mourinho’s backline. But the Special One already has a name on his mind he wants to lure to Stadio Olimpico. Chris Smalling, Marash Kumbulla, and Leonardo Spinazzola are all sidelined for a lengthy period, forcing Roma and Mourinho to seek reinforcements.
As per latest reports from Tuttomercatoweb (via VoceGiallorossa), Tottenham stalwart Eric Dier is high on Mourinho’s wishlist to arrive in the winter transfer window. With a contract expiring at the end of the season, the Englishman is still without an extension in North London, thus drawing eyeballs from elsewhere.
Eric #Dier could leave #Tottenham: he is not in #Postecoglou’s plans. In fact he has never played in this season so far. #ASRoma have shown interest in him. #Mourinho appreciates him a lot and wants a centre-back in January’s #transfers window. His contract expires in 2024. #THFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) October 13, 2023
Mourinho reportedly has had contact with the defender over the course of the past few weeks, with the two sharing a close relationship since their time together at Spurs. According to information, the possibility of using him as a defensive midfielder or a fullback plays onto the idea of him being a versatile power transfer.
"When you need to go, you need to go!" 🚽
Throwback to last year when Eric Dier was spotted running off the pitch to the toilet, with Jose Mourinho chasing after him…😂 pic.twitter.com/qfVB5PAnsi
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 29, 2021
With Smalling out of action in the long term, Roma will not carry out a transfer arrival without the departure of a member of the squad in order to balance the books. That remains the problem to be tackled for Tiago Pinto, but not exclusively, as the idea of getting Dier on a free transfer at the end of the season is also on the cards.
However, bringing on a defender is of great urgency for the Giallorossi going into the January window, and Dier becomes free to talk to interested suitors going into the new year.
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